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Federal Interagency Health Equity Team



Federal leadership for the National Partnership for Action is provided by the FederalInteragency Health Equity Team (FIHET).
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The FIHET is hosting a regular speaker series
To support the integration of health equity in programs, policies and practices, the FIHET will be hosting a regular speaker webinar series, 'Promoting Health Equity Through Programs and Policies' to create a collaborative and learning environment to highlight current practices and innovative strategies for this type of work across sectors and at different levels of government. Read More
Federal Interagency Health Equity Team
Members Index

Vision
Attain highest level of health for racial and ethnic minorities and underserved populations.

Mission
Foster communications and activities of the NPA within federal agencies and their partners; and, to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of policies and programs at the national, date, tribal, and local levels that work to end health disparities.

Goals
FIHET members advance the objectives of the NPA based on its goals to:
  1. Unite around a national message
  2. Collaborate around common goals
  3. Leverage assets and experiences of partners
  4. Identify opportunities for agency collaborations, partnerships, and communications that directly or indirectly impact NPA outcomes
  5. Contribute to the NPA Regional Conversations, National Blueprint, and national efforts focused on the elimination of health disparities
  6. Promote Federal participation in community strategies to end health disparities
  7. Create opportunities to more systematically transition evidence-based findings to the field and expeditiously move them to practice and policy
  8. Collaborate on guidance for community-level health disparities programs as a means for improving cohesion, implementation, and outcomes of programs funded by Federal agencies
  9. Increase proactive use of technology in programs, services, and ancillary activities that address health disparities

Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET) – May, 2015
Onyemaechi Nweke, DrPH, MPH; FIHET Co-Chair;
NPA Lead for the Office of Minority Health
Office of Minority Health
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Health and Human Service
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-6165
Onyemaechi.Nweke@hhs.gov

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Nychelle (Nikki) Fleming
Public Affairs Specialist
Team Lead, Safe Sleep Outreach & Education
4330 East West Hwy, Suite 519
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
(301) 504-7063
nfleming@cpsc.gov

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Jerold Mande, MPH
Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary
Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Suite 216E
Washington, D.C. 20250-0115
Phone: (202) 720-7711
Jerold.Mande@fns.usda.gov


Autumn McCain, MPP
Program Analyst, State Administration Branch
Program Accountability and Administration Division
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, Virginia 22302
(703) 305-2472
Autumn.McCain@fns.usda.gov

Anika Patterson, JD, MPA
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
Room 212-A, Whitten Building
1400 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20250-0115
Phone: (202) 306-1062
Anika.Patterson@ascr.usda.gov

Audrey Rowe
Administrator
Food and Nutrition Service
3101 Park Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22302
Phone: (703) 305-2062
Audrey.Rowe@fns.usda.gov

Bonita Williams, PhD
National Program Leader, Division of Youth and 4-H
National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Waterfront Centre, 800 9th St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 720-3566
bwilliams@nifa.usda.gov


U.S. Department of Commerce

Jennifer Cheeseman Day, PhD
Assistant Division Chief
Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division
U.S. Census Bureau
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20233-8500
(301) 763-3399
jennifer.cheeseman.day@census.gov


U.S. Department of Defense

Wilbur Malloy
IPA, Program Manager
Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center
U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command
Fort Detrick, MD 21702-5012
(301) 619-8136
wilbur.malloy@tatrc.org


U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jessica B. Bellinger, PhD
Social Science Analyst
Office of Policy Development and Research
451 7th St, SW Room 8120
Washington DC 20410
(202) 402-2136
Jessica.D.Bellinger@hud.gov

Veronica E. Helms, PhD
Social Science Analyst, Presidential Management Fellow 2014
Office of Policy Development and Research; Program Monitoring and Research Division
451 7th St, SW
Washington, DC 20410
(202) 402-4194
Veronica.E.Helms@hud.gov

Carol B. Payne, RN, MSN
Field Office Director, Baltimore Office of HUD
U.S. Department of Housing
Ten South Howard Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore MD 21201
(410) 209-6573
carol.b.payne@hud.gov


U.S. Department of Justice

Deeana Jang
Chief
Federal Coordination and Compliance Section
Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW - NWB
Washington, DC 20530
(202) 307-2222
deeana.jang@usdoj.gov

U.S. Department of Labor

Carrol Bascus JD, MHA
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Policy
200 Constitution Avenue
Washington, DC 20210
(202) 693-5907
Bascus.carrol@dol.gov


U.S. Department of Transportation

Mary Leary, PhD
Division Chief
Rural and Targeted Programs
Federal Transit Administration
East Bldg., E46-311
12000 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-2204
mary.leary@dot.gov

Alexander W. (Sandy) Sinclair
Highway Safety Specialist
Occupant Protection Division, NT1-112
NIST
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
(202) 366-2723
Sandy.Sinclair@dot.gov


U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Kennita R. Carter, M.D.
VA Maryland Health Care System
Managed Care Clinical Center (BT101/MC)
10 North Greene Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 605-7650
kennita.carter@va.gov

Earl Newsome III
Deputy Director,
Center for Minority Veterans
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-6191
earl.newsome@va.gov

Lisa Red, MSHA, CCDP
Director of Cultural Competency and Communication
Center for Minority Veterans; VA Office of Health Equity
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
(405) 651-3296
lisa.red@va.gov

Uchenna Uchendu, MD
Chief Health Equity Officer
Office of Health Equity; Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
uchenna.uchendu2@va.gov

Barbara Ward
Director
Center for Minority Veterans; Department of Veterans Affairs
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC20420
(202) 461-6191; (202) 273-7092 (fax)
Barbara.Ward@va.gov


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Children and Families

Mia Bailey
Program Management Analyst
DHHS-Administration for Children and Families
Office of Regional Operations
901 D Street, SW
Washington, DC 20447
(202) 401-5238
mia.bailey@acf.hhs.gov


Administration for Community Living

Constance Pledger, EdD
Executive Director, ICDR
Administration for Community Living,
US Department of Health and Human Services
One Massachusetts Ave., NW,
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 245-7480
connie.pledger@ed.gov

Administration for Community Living Office of External Affairs

Dianne A. Freeman
Aging Services Program Specialist
Administration for Community Living Office of External Affairs
One Massachusetts Avenue, NW
5 Floor, Room 5405
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 357-3536
dianne.freeman@aoa.hhs.gov


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Virginia S. Cain, PhD
Health Scientist
National Center for Health Statistics;
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
3311 Toledo Road Room 7208
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 458-4395
vxc6@cdc.gov

Robert Hahn, PhD, MPH
Coordinating Scientist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
1600 Clifton Road, NE, MS E-69
Atlanta, GA 30333
Office: (404) 498-0958
Fax: (404) 248-4238
rah1@cdc.gov

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH
Director
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Rd, NE, Mailstop E-67
Atlanta, GA 30333
(770) 488-8343
lel1@cdc.gov

George W. Roberts, Ph.D.
Behavioral Scientist
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
KOGR Bldg COLUM Rm 1096, MS K77
Atlanta, GA 30341
Office: (770) 488-8004
Monile: (404) 271-2658
george.roberts@cdc.hhs.gov


Center for Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Sylvia Griffin
Assistant to the Director
Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 358-3597
Sylvia.Griffin@hhs.gov


Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Administration

Denesecia P. Green
Senior Health Insurance Specialist
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services;
Office of Enterprise Management
S2-24-22; Mail Stop S2-26-17
Baltimore, MD 21244-1850
(410) 786-8797
denesecia.green@cms.hhs.gov

Cara V. James, PhD
Director
Office of Minority Health
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Office of the Secretary
7500 Security Boulevard, S2-12-17
Baltimore, MD 21244
(410) 786-2773
Cara.James@cms.hhs.gov


Food and Drug Administration

Jonca Bull, MD
Director, Office of Minority Health
Office of the Secretary
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
(301) 796-8000
jonca.Bull@fda.hhs.gov

Mary C. Hitch
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of the Commissioner;
Food and Drug Administration
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20903
(301) 796-8639
mary.hitch@fda.hhs.gov

Christine Merenda
Director Health Pro
Food and Drug Administration;
Office of the Commissioner
Building WO32, Room 2382; Mail Stop HF-12,
10903 New Hampshire Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
(301) 796-8453
Christine.merenda@fda.hhs.gov

Cariny Nunez
Public Health Advisor
Food and Drug Administration
RP-MIA1 RMSUITE-400
Highwoods Court at Doral - 8600 NW 36th Street
Miami, FL 33166
(305) 994-3118
cariny.nunez@fda.hhs.gov

Jovonni Spinner, MPH, CHES
Public Health Advisor
Food and Drug Administration
RP-MIA1 RMSUITE-400
10903 New Hampshire Avenue
Silver Spring, MD 20993
(301) 796-8729
jovonni.spinner@fda.hhs.gov


Health Resources and Services Administration

Christine Torbert, MBA, RN
Supervisory Nurse Consultant
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane,
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3238
CTorbert@hrsa.gov


Indian Health Service

Wilbur Woodis
Senior Policy Analyst for External Affairs
Indian Health Service
801 Thompson Avenue
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 443-1676
Wilbur.woodis@ihs.gov


Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Carter R. Blakey
Senior Public Health Advisor
Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-8254
carter.blakey@hhs.gov


Office of Adolescent Health

Sabrina Chapple
Public Health Advisor
Office of Adolescent Health,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
1101 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-2808
Sabrina.chapple@hhs.gov

Wilma Robinson, PhD, MPH
Deputy Director
Office of Adolescent Health,
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
1101 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 276-8610
wilma.Robinson@hhs.gov

Office of Minority Health

Rashida Dorsey, PhD, MPH
Director
Division of Policy and Data,
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-8222
Rashida.Dorsey@hhs.gov

J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE
Deputy Assistant Secretary
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-2882
Nadine.Gracia@hhs.gov

Christine (Huong) Montgomery
Management and Program Analyst
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-6176
christine.montgomery@hhs.gov

Valerie Welsh, MS, CHES
Senior Health Policy Analyst
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: (240) 453-8222;
Fax: (301) 443-1426
Valerie.Welsh@hhs.gov

Minh Wendt, Ph.D.
Public Health Analyst
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Pkwy, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-6160
minh.wendt@hhs.gov

Samuel Wu, Pharm. D
Public Health Advisor
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-6173
samuel.wu@hhs.gov

Stacey L. Williams
Public Health Analyst
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-6152
Stacey.Williams@hhs.gov

Shondelle Wilson-Fredrick
Public Health Advisor
Office of Minority Health, Office of the Secretary;
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-8222
Shondelle.Wilson-Frederick@hhs.gov


OS/Office for Civil Rights

Cezar Lopez
Senior Advisor
Office of the Secretary;
Office for Civil Rights
200 Independence Avenue, S.W., 5-515E
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 619-1002
Cezar.lopez@hhs.gov

Donnamarie Spencer, MS
Lieutenant, US Public Health Service
Office of Civil Rights;
Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
202-619-2595
Donnamarie.Spencer@hhs.gov


OS/Office of the General Counsel

JoAn Rochez
Senior Attorney
Office of the General Counsel
1600 Clifton Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
(404) 639-7207
joan.rochez@hhs.gov


OS/Office of the National Coordinator

David Hunt, MD
Medical Officer
Office of Provider Adoption Support,
Office of the National Coordinator
330 C Street, SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 205-5105
davidr.hunt@hhs.gov


OS/Office of the Surgeon General

Nazleen Bharmal, MD, PhD, MPP
Director of Science and Policy
Office of the Surgeon General, OASH
200 Independence Ave SW, Suite
701H Washington, DC 20201
(202) 205-9491
Nazleen.Bharmal@hhs.gov


Office on Women's Health

Adrienne M. Smith, PhD, MS, CHES
Public Health Advisor
Office of Women's Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Room 728F
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-5884
adrienne.smith@hhs.gov


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Trina Dutta, MPP, MPH
Public Health Analyst
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration; Center for Mental Health Services
1 Choke Cherry Drive, Room 6-1076
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1944
Trina.dutta@Samhsa.hhs.gov

Roslyn Holliday Moore
Public Health Advisor
Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation,
Center for Mental Health Services,
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 8-1056
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1825
roslynholliday.moore@samhsa.hhs.gov

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD
Senior Advisor on Children
Office of Policy, Planning & Innovation;
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
One Choke Cherry Drive,  Room 8-1051
Rockville, MD  20857
(240) 276-2000
larke.huang@samhsa.hhs.gov


National Institutes of Health

Diane Adger-Johnson
Minority Health Program Manager
Office of Special Populations and Research Training
Division of Extramural Activities
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
6700-B Rockledge Drive, MSC 7610
Bethesda, MD 20892-7610
(301) 402-8969
dadger@niaid.nih.gov

Pamela Y. Collins, MD, MPH
Director, Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health
Director, Office of Rural Mental Health Research
Office for Research on Disparities & Global Mental Health/
Office of Rural Mental Health Research National Institute of Mental Health/NIH
6001 Executive Blvd, Room 8125
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 443-2847
pamela.collins@nih.gov

Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, MSc, PhD
Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology,
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-6762
rosaly.correa-de-araujo@nih.gov

Irene Dankwa-Mullan MD, MPH
Director,
Office of Innovation and Program Coordination
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
National Institutes of Health
6707 Democracy Blvd. MSC 5465
Bethesda, MD 20892-5465
(301) 402-1366
dankwamullani@mail.nih.gov

Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH
Director,
Office of Special Populations
National Institute on Aging
31 Center Drive
Bethesda MD 20892
(301) 496-0765
Hillcv@mail.nih.gov

Regina Smith James, MD
Medical Officer
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, MSC 3902
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 435-2692
rjames@mail.nih.gov

Charlene Le Fauve
Deputy Director, ORDGMH
National Institute of Mental Health
National Institutes of Health
6001 Executive Blvd Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 435-4582
charlene.lefauve@nih.gov

Stephanie Moquin
National Institutes of Health;
Vaccine Research Center
6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 4609B,
Building 40
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 594-8710
Stephanie.moquin@nih.gov

Carmen P. Moten, PhD, MPH
Health Sciences Administrator
National Cancer Institute
9609 Medical Center Drive, MSC 9746
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-8589
cmoten@mail.nih.gov

Martina Vogel Taylor, MT (ASCP)
Senior Prevention Science Advisor
Office of the Director
Division of Cancer Control
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive, Room 5E-430,
MSC 9784, Bethesda, MD 20892-9784
(240) 276-7067
vogelm@mail.nih.gov

Della Brown White, PhD
Health Scientist Administrator
Division of Special Populations;
Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Blvd., Suite 5E03;
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 435-2712
whitede@mail.nih.gov



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