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Julie Carr

Ms. Julie Carr, R.N., Paralegal, has a professional background which includes bedside nursing, management, and administrative responsibilities both within the medical field and private sector corporate America. In 1996, Ms. Carr established Sharpless Inc. Health Care Management Consulting to assist Native American Tribes in the improvement of health care to their people. The journey to establishing a nationally recognized consulting company in health care began at Seminole State College.

After graduating from Seminole State College in 1994 with a degree in nursing, Ms. Carr set out on the road of bedside nursing. Within a year of entering the nursing profession, Julie moved into the administrative management component of nursing. This move allowed her to utilized her business acumen, leadership skills, and nursing convictions to facilitate the care for hundred’s of patients through a large staff of nurses and nursing assistants. During that time period of working within the new corporate managed care systems, Ms. Carr realized that the Indian peoples of Oklahoma were receiving health care through an entirely different provider system. Julie determined there was a glaring need in this system and a subsequent business opportunity.

Sharpless Inc. could assist these Tribes in the building of their capacity to deliver cutting edge health care to their own people. It was built upon the dream of improving health care to American’s own third world of health care - that of the American Indian peoples and the rural non-Native population of America. The rest as they say "is history".

Julie Carr and her company Sharpless, Inc. are considered today to be a premier consulting company in Indian Country nation-wide. Ms. Carr has assisted many Tribes in strengthening their health care programs and improving the utilization of those programs within the Native American community on reservations both in the United States and Canada. Her work has quantitatively improved the quality of health care to Native peoples and facilitated the construction of new health care facilities in New Mexico and North Dakota. In eight years this Seminole State College graduate went from diploma in hand to published studies of findings of the deficits in health care in Indian Country. She went from paying her own way through school to procuring millions of dollars in grants and services for the underserved populations of Americans. Several of Ms. Carr’s studies have defined the inadequacy of preventative health care and the disparity in the continuity of care and services for Native American peoples. As a result of some of her efforts in Indian Country, great strides have been made to alleviate these conditions and to simply improve life for those of need.

In addition to her consulting work with Tribes, Ms. Carr has established a reputation as an entertaining and straight talking conference speaker. Her ability to cross cultures has brought her national attention as a conference speaker for Native American Women. Ms. Carr combines her strong southern sense of humor with her no holes barred story telling style of life in Oklahoma and Texas. The "road less traveled" started on the campus of Seminole State College in Seminole, Oklahoma, and continues on reservations from Alaska to New York – Canada to Mexico. The power to change one life either through bedside nursing or through the realization of a $7.2 million trauma center for the Tribes of North Dakota still exists.

Along the way there have been numerous awards and honors. One of which was being asked to serve in Washington D.C. as an active part in the national health care initiative of the Clinton Administration. Julie Carr believes in the power of a dream sustained by the love of family, a faith in God, and the hope of a truly better tomorrow.

Ms. Carr has developed programs, trainings, and policy and procedures for Tribes, Tribal Organizations, Indian Health Service and The Bureau of Indian Affairs as those relate to:
  • Regulatory Compliance with multiple funding agencies
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996
  • Personnel and Human Resources Manuals
  • Consumer, Client and Patient Care related to Standards of Care
  • Governing Body, Boards, Council By-Laws and related policies
  • Forensic Audits for fiduciary accountability
  • Establishment of Risk Management, Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement
Clients specifically served but not limited to:
  • The Navajo Nation, Window Rock AZ
  • The Spirit Lake Tribe, Ft. Totten ND
  • The Zuni Nation, Zuni NM
  • The Coyote Canyon Rehabilitation Center, Navajo Nation Non-Profit
  • The Ft. Yates Service Unit, Ft. Yates ND
  • Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Facility, Belcourt ND
  • The Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, Omaha NE
  • Skokomish Indian Tribe, Shelton WA
  • Grand Ronde Indian Tribe, Grand Ronde OR
  • The Lummi Indian Tribe, Bellingham WA
  • The Quinault Tribe, Taholah WA
  • The Kaibab Paiute Tribe, Pipe Springs AZ
  • The Sac and Fox Nation, Stroud OK
  • The Iowa Tribe, Okahoma
  • The ACL Service Unit, Acoma NM
  • The Albuquerque Indian Health Service Area Office
  • The Aberdeen Area Indian Health Service Area Office
  • The Portland Indian Health Board, Portland OR
  • The Bemidji Indian Health Service Area Office
  • The Phoenix Indian Health Service Area Office
  • The Potawatomi Nation of Oklahoma
  • The Alabama / Quassarte Tribal Town of Oklahoma

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