In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services funded a 2 1/2 year project focused on supporting Indian Health Service (IHS) Hospitals. The Partnership to Advance Tribal Health (PATH) project works with the two IHS hospitals in Cass Lake and Red Lake to strengthen a culture of improvement and safety, leadership development, and patient and family engagement. Stratis Health has been leading this work through collaboration with national partners and on-site assessment, technical assistance, and coaching.

Carrie Lyn Howard, MA, CPHQ

Program Manager
Stratis Health

Carrie is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) and holds a master's degree in healthcare administration from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. While working at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Carrie discovered her passion for healthcare improvement. After attaining her master's degree, she became a Quality Improvement Advisor for Sanford Health with a focus on rural facilities. She now serves Stratis Health as Program Manager for the Partnership to Advance Tribal Health (PATH) Program.

Rachel Akins, BSN, MSJ

Quality Manager
Cass Lake Indian Health Service

Rachel Akins obtained a BSN from Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and a Master of Science in Jurisprudence from Seton Hall University. She has 20 years of service with the Indian Health Service beginning in 1997. She has had several roles including staff nurse, Accreditation/Compliance Nurse Specialist, and now serves as the Quality Management Director at the Cass Lake IHS Critical Access Hospital located on the Leech Lake Reservation.

Rebekah Fineday, BSN, RN, PHN

Quality Manager
Red Lake Indian Health Service

Lieutenant Rebekah Fineday is a member of the United States Public Health Services (USPHS) Commissioned Corps serving Indian Health Service. She has held several positions including staff nurse, nurse manager, and now serves as Quality Manager at the Red Lake Indian Health Service Unit.