JB Kinlacheeny, M.P.H.
Public Health Advisor
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Lead
Indian Health Service Headquarters
JB Kinlacheeny, M.P.H., an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, is the Public Health Advisor - Alcohol and Substance Abuse (ASA) National Lead for the Indian Health Service (IHS). The IHS, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indian and Alaska Native people. As the ASA lead, Mr. Kinlacheeny is responsible for providing leadership in the administration of the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Program within the Office of Clinical and Preventive Services (OCPS) Division of Behavioral Health (DBH). The ASA Program’s objective is to reduce the incidence and prevalence of alcohol and substance abuse among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN).
Mr. Kinlacheeny joined the OCPS DBH in January 2020. Prior to federal service, he served as the Behavioral Health Epidemiologist at the Navajo Epidemiology Center where he worked closely with Federal, State, and Tribal leaders by providing technical assistance for the Navajo Nation on issues related to behavioral health. Mr. Kinlacheeny received a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Kansas Medical Center.