Frances Ashe-Goins – public health expert, health administrator, policy analyst, health educator, and registered nurse, received her MPH in Health Education from the University of South Carolina in 1980. She recently received an Honorary Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Human Letters. She is an Expert Consultant in Public Health/Nursing and Adjunct Professor at the University of SC. Formerly she was the Clinic Relations Manager for the New Morning Foundation/SC Contraceptive Initiative In her federal career, she was the Deputy Director and Acting Director for the U.S. DHHS-Office on Women’s Health (OWH), where she was responsible for the development, initiation and implementation of OWH programs and policies in partnership with other federal agencies, national and local health organizations and leaders committed to advance women’s health with specific concentration on lupus, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, diabetes, organ/tissue donation, kidney disease, health promotion and disease prevention for women and girls. She initiated the formation of key national advisory committees for women’s health, the Collaborative Workgroup for Women and HIV/AIDS, the Lupus Program Workgroup, National Nurses and Social Work working groups on Violence against Women (VAW). She spearheaded the creation of many innovative initiatives to address women’s health issues including the Minority Women’s Health Summits, National and State Summits on Young Women’s Health the National Capitol Hill Town Hall Meeting on Lupus, the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day program, VAW and Health programs, DV and Sexual Assault Programs and the Human Trafficking and Health Initiative.  She led the development of the highly successful National Lupus Awareness Campaign, which was developed in collaboration with the Advertising Council and MUSE advertising company. She initiated the USDHHS efforts to address health in its national effort on human trafficking which resulted in the inclusion of health issues in the national plan, the creation of the HHS working group on human trafficking and the development of the SOAR curriculum

She appeared on many radio and television programs, made presentations at numerous national conferences/workshop’s and received awards/commendations for her community service.  She has received numerous national awards including several DHHS Secretaries’ Awards for Distinguished Service and Assistant Secretary for Health awards for outstanding service. She is a USC Outstanding Black Alumni recipient and was recently inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as a Fellow. She is a contributing author of a chapter on Violence against Women in Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 5th Edition, 2007

Currently she is a Board member for SC HIV/AIDS Council and Fannie’s House, a Human Trafficking Initiative. She serves on the advisory committee for SC Lupus Community Group, Girls on the RUN, SC Nursing Association, Excelsior University and South University College of Nursing. She is collaborating with the SC Governor’s Task Force on Domestic Violence, SC Commission on Minority Affairs, Crowning Lupus Organization, SC Coalition for Healthy Families, SC Birth Outcome Initiative, SC State Alliance for Adolescent Sexual Health, The WORD Program for Young Women, SC Human Trafficking Taskforce, USC Sexual Health Council, Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women’s Health, SC Public Health Association, National Black Nurses Association, SC Coalition of 100 Black Women, USC Guardian Society, Chi Eta Phi Nursing Sorority, USC-Mu Chapter of the Delta Omega Public Health Honorary Society, USC Alumni Academy, American Academy of Nursing, Harvard University CAR, National Minority AIDS Council, Lupus Foundation of America and the HHS SOAR Technical Working Group on Human Trafficking.


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