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The Division of Program Coordination, led by Ms. James, develops and implements 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 and local governments, foundations, tribal organizations, professional associations, and others.
During her career, Ms. James led the effort to establish National Community Centers of Excellence in Women’s Health; developed and implemented research and several training programs at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) the ongoing landmark study of cardiovascular disease in Native Americans at the NHLBI; conducted research on such diverse topics as pre-paid and self-insured health plans, ensuring adequate representation of the elderly in surveys, counseling couples at risk for sickle cell disease, aid to families with dependent children, and others. She also led an interagency effort to bury a time capsule at the National Institutes of Health that documents 100 years of progress in women’s health. The time capsule was part of activities to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health.
Ms. James is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Public Health and Bennett College in Greensboro, NC.
Content last updated October 28, 2010.