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Minority Women's Health Panel of Experts


The Office on Women's Health (OWH) established the Minority Women's Health Panel of Experts in response to its 1997 conference, "Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Partnerships to Improve Minority Women's Health." The panel is composed of physicians, clinicians, community advocates, and academicians working in communities and health settings around the country that serve racially and ethnically diverse women.

The five major ethnic groups (African-American, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander, and Hispanic) are represented among the panel members, who have expertise in a variety of disciplines, including young women's health, women and aging, health care delivery systems, reproductive health, HIV/AIDS, violence against women, mental health, substance abuse, breast/cervical cancer, diabetes, heart disease, immigrant/refugee women's health, public health research, cultural competency in women's health, and health policy.

The major focus of the panel is to ensure that the ethnic minority focus is incorporated throughout OWH programs, policies and initiatives by:

  • Providing input to and serving as a resource for OWH, in support of its goals to improve the health of women and in the development of minority women's health initiatives; and
  • Providing input to the department/secretarial initiatives, targeted to enhance the health of minority women in the United States.

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Adrienne M. Smith, Ph.D., M.S., CHES
Public Health Advisor
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Women's Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Rm. 728F
Washington, DC 20201
Phone: 202-690-5884
Fax: 202-690-7172
Email: Adrienne.Smith@hhs.gov

Henrietta Terry
Public Health Advisor
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Women's Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Rm. 733E
Washington, D.C. 20201
Phone: 202-205-1952
Fax: 202-690-7172
E-mail: Henrietta.Terry@hhs.gov

Frances Ashe-Goins, R.N., M.P.H.
Deputy Director
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office on Women's Health
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Rm. 728E
Washington, D.C. 20201
Phone: 202-690-6373
Fax: 202-401-4005
E-mail: Frances.Ashe-Goins@hhs.gov


Panel Chair
Vickie Mays, Ph.D., M.S.P.H.
University of California, Los Angeles
Departments of Psychology and Health Services
UCLA School of Public Health
UCLA Center for Research, Education,
Training and Strategic Communication
on Minority Health Disparities
405 Hilgard Avenue
1285 Franz Hall, Box 951563
Los Angeles, California 90095-1563
Phone: 310-206-5159
Fax: 310-206-5895
E-mail: mays@ucla.edu

Panel Vice Chair
Maria Gomez-Murphy, M.A., M.A.I.A., M.P.A.
President and CEO
The Way of the Heart: The Promotora Institute
1012 N Grand Ave., Suite 15
Nogales, AZ 85621
Alternate: 77 Camino Murphy
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Phone: 520-440-4897
E-mail: mariagomezmurphy@gmail.com

Nancy Atmospera-Walch, R.N., B.S.N,
M.P.H., MCHES, N.H.A., C.C.H.N., C.M.C
AIM Healthcare Institute (AIM HI)
1136 Union Mall Plaza, Suite 801
Honolulu, HI 96813
Phone: 808-778-3832
Fax: 808-536-7200/808-599-7785
E-mail: n.walch@yahoo.com

Agnes Attakai, M.P.A.
Mel and Enid Zuckerman College
of Public Health
P.O. Box 245177
1295 N. Martin A219E
Tucson, AZ 85724
Phone: 520-626-4727
Fax: 520-626-8009
E-mail: agnesa@email.arizona.edu

Dee Baldwin, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Associate Dean/Director
School of Nursing
University of North Carolina, Charlotte
9201 University City Boulevard
Charlotte, North Carolina 28223
Phone: 704-687-7952
Fax: 704-687-6017
E-mail: dbaldwi5@uncc.edu

Sharon E. Barrett, M.S., Ph.D.(c)
Founder and Principal
SEB and Associates
10534 Green Mountain Circle
Columbia, Maryland 21044
Phone: 240-381-0682
Fax: 410-997-8864
E-mail: semily1@gmail.com

Mia Barron, R.N., M.S.N.
Clinical Instructor
Medical University of South Carolina/
Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center
College of Nursing
7808 Lumberton Road
North Charleston, SC 29418
Phone: 843-364-2186
E-mail: barronm@musc.edu

Yvonne Collins, M.D., F.A.C.O.G.
Advocate Christ Medical Center
4400 West 95th Street
Physicians Pavilion, Suite 207
Oak Lawn, IL 60453
Phone: 708-684-5630
Fax: 708-524-5167
E-mail: momentum5@sbcglobal.net

Nereida Correa, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Clinical Professor of OB/GYN &
Women's Health and of Family and Social Medicine
Director MIC Women's Health Services
Public Health Solutions
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Avenue, Mazer 104
Bronx, New York 10461
Phone: 718-430-2792 or 718-630-7617
Fax: 718-430-3729
E-mail: correanereida@aol.com

Rachele Donnell, R.N., N.R.E.M.T.-B
Red Lake Comprehensive Health Services
P.O. Box 249
Red Lake, MN 56671
Phone: 218-679-3316
Fax: 218-679-3218
E-mail: rlchns@paulbunyan.net

Margaret Equopi Bate, M.S.
Community Health Educator
University of North Texas
Program of Applied Gerontology
P. O. Box 334
Alief, TX 77411
Phone: 832-771-5830
E-mail: mequopibate@yahoo.com.

Miriam Ibrahim, M.P.H., O.T., B.S.
Phone: 316-644-1833
E-mail: Miriam014354@msn.com

Lily Jung Henson, M.D., M.M.M., F.A.A.N.
Swedish Neuroscience Specialists
Medical Director of Neurology Clinic
Swedish Neuroscience Institute
550 17th Ave, Suite 540
Seattle, WA 98122
Phone: 206-386-3880
Fax: 206-386-2845
E-mail: Lily.JungHenson@swedish.org

Onelia G. Lage, M.D.
Associate Professor/Clinical Pediatrics
Director, Adolescent Medical
Education and Community Health
Miller School of Medicine
University of Miami
1601 NW 12th Avenue
Miami, FL 33136
Phone: 305-243-5880
Fax: 305-243-5956
E-mail: olage@med.miami.edu

Erma Jean Lawson, R.N., Ph.D.
Institute of Medical Humanities
and Medical Ethics
University of Texas Medical Branch
301 University Blvd.
2.301Primary Care Pavilion (PCP)
Galveston, TX 77555-1311
Phone: 409-772-9396
Fax: 409-772-5640
E-mail: elawson@live.com
E-mail: erlawson@UTMB.EDU

Carolyn Lofgren
Generations Company
1107 Calle Corvo NE
Albuquerque, NM 87113
Phone: 505-341-2999
E-mail: calofgren@msn.com

Twila Martin Kekahbah, M.A.
Director and Consultant
Research & Development
United Tribes Technical College
P.O Box 953
Belcourt, ND 58316
Phone: 701-255-3285 ext. 1385
Fax: 701-223-2021
E-mail: tmartinkekahbah@yahoo.com.

Nancy E. Norman, M.D., M.P.H.
The Dimock Center
55 Dimock Street
Roxburg, MA 02119
Phone: 617-442-8800
E-mail: nnormanMD@gmail.com

J. Nwando Olayiwola, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.A.F.P.
Chief Medical Officer
Community Health Center, Inc.
Clinical Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Connecticut
635 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
Phone: 860-852-0809
Fax: 860-638-6658
E-mail: Nwando@chc1.com

Nicole Prudent, M.D., M.P.H.
Haitian Health Institute/Boston
Medical Center
850 Harrison Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-414-3808
Fax: 617-414-3810
E-mail: Nicole.Prudent@bmc.org

Gloria Sanchez, M.S., M.P.H., C.G.C
Project Manager
OB/GYN Department
Otay Mesa MOB
1256 Stampede Way No. 2
Chula Vista, CA 91913
Phone: 619-662-5167-210-4048
Fax: 619-662-5225
E-mail: Gloria.A.Sanchez@kp.org
E-mail: gsanchez11@cox.net

Lola Sablan Santos
Chief Executive Officer
Guam Communications Network
4201 Long Beach Blvd., Suite 218
Long Beach, CA 90807
Phone: 562-989-5690or 619-946-4899
Fax: 562-989-5694
E-mail: lolasgcn@gmail.com

María del Carmen Santos-Ortiz, Ph.D., C.H.E.S.

Health Education Program
Graduate School of Public Health
Medical Sciences Campus
University of Puerto Rico
P.O. Box 365067
San Juan, PR 00936-5067
Phone: 787-274-0582
Fax: 787-754-6621
E-mail: maria.santos7@upr.edu

Kelebogile Setiloane, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Nutrition Department of Behavioral Health and Nutrition
034 Carpenter Sports Building
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 10716
Phone: 302-831-1560
Fax: 302-831-4186
E-mail: ksetil@udel.edu

Suganya Sockalingam, Ph.D.
Founding Partner/CEO
ChangeMatrix LLC
Founding Partners/ED
TeamWorks International, LLC
2721 Breakers Creek Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89134
Phone: 702-953-5743
E-mail: ssockalingam@changematrix.org
Website: http://www.changematrix.org

Nancy D. Soto
National Latina Health Network
22 Towsen Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
Phone: 973-720-0811 or 973-626-7779
Fax: 973-720-0813
E-mail: sotoway@aol.com
E-mail: latinahivorg@aol.com

Ora Lea Strickland, Ph.D., Sc.D. (Honorary), R.N., FA.A.N.
Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff
School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road, N.E., Rm. 366
Atlanta, GA 30322
Phone: 404-727-7941
Fax: 404-727-0536
E-mail: ostric@emory.edu

Rosetta Swinton, R.N., F.C.N.
President and CEO
New Beginnings Consultant Services
South Carolina AME Health Coordinator
1175 Mathis Ferry Rd M2
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone 843- 367-0858 or 843-876-1949
Fax: 843-792-7476
E-mail: rswinton777@yahoo.com

Jacci Thompson-Dodd, M.A., M.S.S.S.
Executive Director
4358 NE 55th
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206-290-5624
Fax: 206-721-3993
E-mail: thompsondodd@gmail.com

Lillian Tom-Orme, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., F.A.A.N.
Research Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology
Department of Internal Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
Phone: 801-585-5246
Fax: 801-581-3623
E-mail: Lillian.Tomorme@hsc.utah.edu

Donna L. Washington, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine
Department of Veterans Affairs
Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
11301 Wilshire Boulevard, 111G
Los Angeles, CA 90073
Phone: 310-478-3711 ext. 49479
Fax: 310-268-4933
E-mail: Donna.Washington@va.gov

Gayle D. Weaver, Ph.D.
Senior Service Fellow - Behavioral Scientist
Partnership Support Branch
Division of Public Health Capacity Development
Office for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
4770 Buford Highway NE, M/S: K-90
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: 770-488-1526
Fax: 770-488-1600
E-mail: gew6@cdc.gov

Darlene Yee-Melichar, Ed.D., C.H.E.S.
Professor/Coordinator, Gerontology Program
Director, Health, Mobility and Safety Lab
College of Health and Human Services
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Phone: 415-338-3558
Fax: 415-338-3556
E-mail: dyee@sfsu.edu

Content last updated: January 20, 2012.

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