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Barbara F. James, M.P.H.

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200 Independence Avenue, SW, 728E
Washington, DC 20201

Phone: 202-205-2551
Fax: 202-260–6537
Email: Barbara.James@hhs.gov

Acting Director, Division of Program Innovation

The Division of Program Innovation, led by Ms. James, develops and implements model demonstration programs to address the health needs of women and girls throughout the United States, its territories, and the Federated States of Micronesia. Programs focus on disease prevention, lifestyle changes, infrastructure development, system change, sex and gender differences, health disparities, and the development of new models of service delivery. They are carried out through the award of grants and contracts to academic institutions; community and faith-based organizations; community health centers; state, county, and local governments; foundations; tribes and tribal organizations; professional associations; and, other entities. To provide comprehensive services to women and girls, programs establish partnerships/coalitions with other organizations in their community, county, or state and incorporate a gender focus to ensure the programs developed and the services delivered meet the needs of the population served.

During her career, Ms. James led the effort to establish the National Community Centers of Excellence in Women's Health; developed and implemented research and several training programs at Howard University and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) including the ongoing landmark study of cardiovascular disease in Native Americans; conducted research on such diverse topics as pre-paid and self-insured health plans, strategies to ensure adequate representation of the elderly in surveys, counseling couples at risk for sickle cell disease, aid to families with dependent children, and numerous program evaluations. She also led an interagency effort to bury a time capsule at the National Institutes of Health that documents 100 years of medical, social, and political progress in women's health. The time capsule, to be opened in 2100, was part of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health. Ms. James has published several articles, written numerous federal reports, and led the development and implementation of several innovative programs that are still in existence.

She is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health (Maternal and Child Health and Population Planning) and Bennett College (Psychology, Biology, and Sociology) in Greensboro, NC.

Content last updated: October 28, 2010.

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