History of the Foundation

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health was created in 2000 to provide support for those serving in the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and to build partnerships between the Commissioned Corps and the larger public health community.  The Foundation serves public health professionals nationwide by providing an array of programs and services including education and research efforts and an annual symposium. We welcome your support for the foundation’s work.

The largest event the Foundation hosts is the USPHS Scientific & Training Symposium.  It began in 1966 in Baltimore, Maryland and has rotated throughout the country ever since.  The 49th annual symposium will take place in Raleigh, NC on June 10-12, 2014.  The Foundation will celebrate the 125th anniversary of the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and the 50th anniversary of Surgeon General Luther Terry's Smoking and Health report.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.


Build leadership in public health through advocacy, education, research, partnerships, and program support.


Advance public health and public health leadership for a healthier nation.

More About the Foundation

Foundation By-Laws (Updated March 2010)



Annual Reports


Foundation Approves First Strategic Plan

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation approved the 2014-2018 strategic plan in 2013. The plan builds on the Foundation’s achievements during its formative years and lays out a vision for the future along with specific and measurable goals and objectives to attain that vision.
2014-2018 Strategic Plan (pdf)

Honorary Trustees

  • C. Everett Koop, MD, SciD, 13th U.S. Surgeon General, 1982-1989 (bio) - In Memoriam
  • Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS, 15th U.S. Surgeon General, 1993-1994 (bio)
  • RADM Audrey Forbes Manley, USPHS, (Ret.), Former Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 1994-1998 (bio)
  • David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General, 1998-2002 (bio)
  • Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, 2002-2006 (bio)
  • RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu, USPHS, (Ret.), Former Deputy and Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 2006-2007 (bio)
  • RADM Steven K. Galson, USPHS, (Ret.), Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 2007-2009 (bio)
  • Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General, 2009-2013 (bio)

Nonprofit Status

The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations to the foundation are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes.

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