Brenda S. Harvey
About Brenda S. Harvey
CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER
Brenda Harvey began working with the San Carlos Apache Tribe (SCAT) in 1989 as a volunteer and then directed the Dandas Computer Project, a program that refurbished and distributed free computers to over 120 Apache college students.
Inspired by the Apache college students, Brenda enrolled at Northern Arizona University and completed a Masters of Art degree in Sustainable Communities. Her degree combined education, applied linguistics, and computer science, with an emphasis on adapting computer technology to Western Apache culture. She worked with Apache elders to name the computer, its components and peripheral devices in the Apache language; worked with a linguist to create a Western Apache keyboard; and designed a graphic user interface that incorporates Apache cultural themes and language.
Following graduation, Brenda provided IT support for the SCAT Wellness Center where she setup the Tribe’s first telehealth system allowing patients to meet with psychiatrists remotely. She also developed a technology plan for the Wellness Center to maintain CARF accreditation. The CARF program surveyors highlighted the technology plan as one of the nation’s best.
In 2013, Brenda became an employee of the SCAT Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as an Information Technology Manager where she provided services to 13 health programs. She was chosen “DHHS Employee of the Quarter” and later “DHHS Employee of the Year” in 2014.
Brenda’s work with the IHS/DHHS new hospital transition team led to a direct hire with the San Carlos Apache Healthcare Corporation (SCAHC) as the manager of applications services and then as the Chief Information Officer (CIO). As CIO, Brenda has overseen the Resource Patient Management System (RPMS) migration off the IHS Network, as well as working with her team to bring the help desk and ticket system in house in an effort to hire local staff. She expanded her department from 3 to 17 employees and reduced the dependency on outside contractors. Her efforts have reduced SCAHC expenses and improved self-sufficiency while continuing to provide IT support to approximately 600+ employees, with an additional 100 Tribal end-users.