About Us

Every day, tens of thousands of public health professionals across the country work to protect the health and well-being of Americans. These individuals work for a diverse group of federal, tribal, state and local public health organizations. They are on the frontlines in the battle against bioterrorism, infectious diseases, malnutrition and a variety of other public health challenges.

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation for the Advancement of Public Health was created in 2000 to provide support for these 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 foundation is an affiliate of the Commissioned Officers Association of the U.S. Public Health Service.

Strategic Goals


Advance public health through participation in, and collaboration on, initiatives that promote the public health mission of the PHS Commissioned Corps and the overarching importance of public health for the Nation.


Conduct and fund public health education and training programs for PHS commissioned officers and other health professionals.


Maintain an effective and informed Board of Trustees, and increase the Foundation’s financial resources in order to provide greater support for public health initiatives that are relevant to the mission of the Foundation.


Support activities and programs that highlight and preserve the historical legacy of the Public Health Service and the PHS Commissioned Corps.


Support and conduct projects and research studies that advance, promote, and/or protect public health nationally and globally.


Board of Trustees

RADM Michael R. Milner, USPHS (Ret.) - President
RADM Carol A. Romano, USPHS (Ret.) - Vice President
CAPT William H.J. Haffner, USPHS (Ret.) - Treasurer
RADM Robert Williams, USPHS (Ret.) - Past President

RADM Richard J. Bertin, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Clara H. Cobb, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Christopher G. Halliday, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Dushanka V. Kleinman, USPHS (Ret.)
CAPT Mary I. Lambert, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Boris D. Lushniak, USPHS (Ret.), Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 2013-2014
RADM Jerrold M. Michael, USPHS (Ret.) - Emeritus
CAPT James Minor, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Sven Rodenbeck, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Richard A. Rubendall, USPHS (Ret.)
RADM Steven L. Solomon, USPHS (Ret.)
Mr. Michael Terry

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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