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Frances E. Ashe-Goins, R.N., M.P.H.: Biography

Frances E. Ashe-Goins is deputy director and director of the division of policy and program development, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Women's Health. She has a diverse background in clinical health care and public health education, and has created many innovative health awareness and prevention programs.

Formerly senior public health adviser with Public Health Services, Office of Women's Health, Ashe-Goins has extensive experience with women's and minority health issues, including HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, rape/sexual assault, lupus, organ/tissue donation, cardiovascular disease and breast cancer.

Ashe-Goins has created many innovative programs to address HIV/AIDS, including the formation of the National Collaborative Workgroup on Women and HIV/AIDS, DHHS Secretary's Workgroup on Women and HIV/AIDS, Incarcerated and Newly Released Women with HIV/AIDS/STD Program, Model Mentorship Program for Organizational Development, Women in Rural Communities and HIV/AIDS and Young Women Pilot Program.

With regard to violence against women, Ashe-Goins has created and implemented many programs, including National Nurses' Task Force and National Nurses' Summit on Violence Against Women, National Social Workers' Task Force and National Social Workers' Summit on Violence Against Women, DHHS National Domestic Violence Workplace Education Day (annually), DHHS Employee Guidelines on Domestic Violence, and the DHHS National Sexual Assault Awareness Month Event. She addresses various "communities on the fringes" through funding programs that focus on youth at risk, elderly women, disabled women, men as partners in prevention, and prevention and intervention in family clinics.

She developed the National Young Women's Health Summits to create young women health experts and advocates throughout the nation. Through the Office of Women's health she also initiated the Lupus Educational Awareness Project, which culminated in a Capitol Hill town hall seminar that received national media attention.

Ashe-Goins received an M.P.H. in health education from the University of South Carolina in 1980. She has appeared on many radio and television programs, has been featured in magazine and newspaper articles, made presentations at national and international conferences/workshops, and received many awards and commendations.

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