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Federal Interagency Health Equity Team

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Federal leadership for the National Partnership for Action is provided by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team (FIHET).


We envision a thriving America where all people have equitable access to resources and supportive environments to live healthy, purposeful lives.


We convene federal leaders to end health disparities by building capacity for equitable policies and programs, cultivating strategic partnerships, and sharing relevant models for action.


  1. Collaborate with diverse federal agencies to define linkages and implement coordinated approaches between their missions and health equity
  2. Identify, develop, and integrate strategies with measurable outcomes to advance health equity in/through federal policies, programs, and activities
  3. Leverage assets, influence, and experiences of federal agencies, partners, and communities to advance health equity
  4. Generate, facilitate, and translate research, data, and emerging knowledge about health equity into practice and policy
  5. Educate and mentor leader and peers to develop equity champions within all federal agencies

Federal Interagency Health Equity Team Members

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Federal Interagency Health Equity Team Members

Carol S. Jimenez, JD; FIHET Chair 
Deputy Director
Office of Minority Health 
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600 
Rockville, MD 20852 
(240) 453-2882

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Nychelle (Nikki) Fleming 
Public Affairs Specialist 
Team Lead, Safe Sleep Outreach & Education 
4330 East West Highway, Suite 519
Bethesda, MD 20814 
(301) 504-7063

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U.S. Department of Agriculture

Anika Patterson, JD, MPA 
Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist 
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights 
Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, Room 212-A
Washington, DC 20250-0115
(202) 306-1062

Bonita Williams, PhD 
National Program Leader, Division of Youth and 4-H 
National Institute of Food and Agriculture 
Waterfront Centre, 800 9th Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 720-3566

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U.S. Department of Commerce

U.S. Census Bureau

Jennifer Cheeseman Day, PhD 
Assistant Division Chief 
Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division 
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20233-8500 
(301) 763-3399 

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U.S. Department of Defense

Robert Carter, PhD, MPH 
LTC, U.S. Army 
Product Manager, Medical Simulation 
12350 Research Pkwy 
Orlando, FL 32826-3276 
(407) 384-3553 

Wilbur W. Malloy, MA, MLS(ASCP)SBB 
Health Science 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

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Administration for Community Living

Kristen Hudgins, PhD
Social Science Analyst, Office of Performance and Evaluation
Center for Policy and Evaluation
Mary E. Switzer Building
330 C Street, SW, RM 1229A
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 795-7732

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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Cecilia Rivera Casale, PhD 
Senior Advisor for Minority Health 
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 06E85D 
Rockville, MD 20857 
(301) 427-1547 

Camille Fabiyi, PhD, MPH 
Senior Advisor for Women’s Health and Gender Research 
Office of Extramural Research, Education and Priority Populations
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 06E81C 
Rockville, MD 20857 
(301) 427-1559 

Kamila B. Mistry, PhD, MPH 
Senior Advisor 
Child Health and Quality Improvement
5600 Fishers Lane 
Rockville, MD 20857 
(301) 427-1012

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Robert Hahn, PhD, MPH 
Coordinating Scientist
Community Guide Branch
Division of Public Health Information Dissemination
Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services
1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-69
Atlanta, GA 30333
(404) 498-0958

Leandris C. Liburd, PhD, MPH 
Office of Minority Health and Health Equity
1600 Clifton Road, NE, Mailstop E-67
Atlanta, GA 30333
(770) 488-8343

Charles J. Rothwell, MBA, MS
National Center for Health Statistics
3311 Toledo Road, Room 2630
Hyattsville, MD 20782
(301) 458-4468

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Cara V. James, PhD 
Office of Minority Health 
7500 Security Boulevard, S2-12-17 
Baltimore, MD 21244 
(410) 786-2773

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Food and Drug Administration

CAPT Richardae Araojo
Assistant Commissioner for Minority Health
Director, Office of Minority Health
Office of Minority Health
White Oak Bldg 32
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
(301) 796-1152

Martin Mendoza, PhD
Director, Extramural Research Program
Office of Minority Health
White Oak Bldg 32, Rm 2306
10903 New Hampshire Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20993-0002
Tel: (240) 402-9974

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Health Resources and Services Administration

Makeda H. Clement, MS, MBA 
Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 17w41
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-6977

Christine Ramey, MBA, BSN, RN 
Deputy Director
Office of Health Equity 
5600 Fishers Lane, MS 12-70
Rockville, MD 20857
(301) 443-3238

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Indian Health Service

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

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National Institutes of Health

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Regina Smith James, MD 
Medical Officer 
6100 Executive Boulevard, MSC 3902 
Bethesda, MD 20892 
(301) 435-2692

Della Brown White, PhD 
Health Scientist Administrator 
Division of Special Populations 
6100 Executive Boulevard, Suite 5E03
Bethesda, MD 20892 
(301) 435-2712

National Cancer Institute 

Martina Vogel Taylor, MT (ASCP) 
Senior Prevention Science Advisor 
Office of the Director 
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 5E-430, MSC 9784, 
Bethesda, MD 20892-9784
(240) 276-7067

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

LeShawndra Price, PhD
Chief of Health Inequities and Global Health Branch
Center for Translation Research and Implementation Science 
Rockledge I
6705 Rockledge Drive, Suite 6070, MSC 7960
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 451-0164

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases 

Diane Adger-Johnson 
Minority Health Program Manager 
Office of Special Populations and Research Training 
Division of Extramural Activities 
6700-B Rockledge Drive, MSC 7610 
Bethesda, MD 20892-7610 
(240) 669-2924 

National Institute on Aging

Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, MSc, PhD 
Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director 
Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology 
7201 Wisconsin Avenue, Room 3C307
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-6762

Carl V. Hill, PhD, MPH
Office of Special Populations
31 Center Drive
Bethesda, MD 20892
(301) 496-0765

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Eliseo Perez-Stable, MD
9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 496-7162

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Office for Civil Rights

Carla Carter, JD 
Civil Rights Analyst
200 Independence Avenue, SW  
Washington, DC 20201 
(202) 619-1373 

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Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Carter R. Blakey
Deputy Director
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite LL100
Rockville, MD 20852
(240) 453-8254

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Office of the General Counsel

JoAn Rochez
Senior Attorney
1600 Clifton Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30333
(404) 639-7207

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Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs

Ben O’Dell
Associate Director
Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 358-3597

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Office of Minority Health

Carol S. Jimenez
Deputy Director
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD  20852
(240) 453-2882

Kelley Elliott
Division of Information and Education
1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 600
Rockville, MD  20852
(240) 453-2882

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Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology

Sherilyn Pruitt 
Office of Programs and Engagement 
200 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 774-2316 

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Office on Women's Health

Adrienne M. Smith, PhD, MS, CHES 
Director, Division of Policy and Performance Management 
200 Independence Avenue, SW, Room 728F 
Washington, DC 20201 
(202) 690-5884

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Larke Nahme Huang, PhD 
Office of Behavioral Health Equity 
1 Choke Cherry Road,  Room 8-1051 
Rockville, MD  20857 
(240) 276-2000 

Roslyn Holliday Moore 
Public Health Advisor 
Office of Policy, Planning and Innovation 
Center for Mental Health Services 
1 Choke Cherry Road, Room 8-1056
Rockville, MD 20857
(240) 276-1825

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jason Amirhadji
Office of Public Housing Supportive Services
451 7th Street, SW
Washington DC 20410
(202) 402-5467

Veronica E. Helms, PhD
Social Science Analyst
Office of Policy Development and Research
Program Monitoring and Research Division
451 7th Street, SW
Washington DC 20410
(202) 402-4194

Carol B. Payne, RN, MSN 
Field Office Director
Baltimore Office of HUD 
10 South Howard Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
(410) 209-6573

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U.S. Department of Transportation

Danielle Nelson
Rural and Targeted Programs
Federal Transit Administration
East Building, E44-409
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE 
Washington, DC 20590 
(202) 366-2160

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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Uchenna Uchendu, MD 
Chief Officer 
Office of Health Equity
Veterans Health Administration
810 Vermont Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 632-8470

Barbara Ward 
Center for Minority Veterans 
810 Vermont Avenue, NW 
Washington, DC 20420
(202) 461-6191

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Onyemaechi Nweke, DrPH, MPH
Senior Environmental Health Scientist
Office of Environmental Justice
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
(202) 566-2314

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