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Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams
Chief Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service

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RADM Sylvia Trent-Adams is the Deputy Associate Administrator in the HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  She has been assigned to HRSA since 1992 in a variety of positions.  In her current role, she assists in managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care professionals. Grantees funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provide services to more than 550,000 people every year. In addition, as part of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, she assists in directing a multi-million dollar global HIV/AIDS program with training, care and treatment activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.


RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1992.  During her USPHS career, RADM Trent-Adams served as senior advisor in HAB, senior program management officer, branch chief, senior nurse consultant, and other nursing and policy positions.  She has published numerous articles, participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international organizations and professional groups.  Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a nurse officer in the US Army.  She also served as a research nurse at the University of Maryland, oncology unit.  RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the US Senate where she focused on the prospective payment system for skilled nursing facilities and scope of practice for nurses and psychologists.  She has served as guest lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University.  Her clinical practice was in trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease. She was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing in 2014.


Throughout her USPHS career she has been actively involved in the Nurse Category.  RADM Trent-Adams served as Chair, Nursing Professional Advisory Committee (NPAC) and on various NPAC subcommittees including Research (Chair), Communications (Chair), Career Development, and Recruitment.  She serves as mentor to many PHS officers, nursing students, and other health care professionals across the federal government. RADM Trent-Adams serves on the Uniformed Services University, Graduate Nursing Program Doctor of Nurse Practice Transition Team and the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council. 


RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. 

Federal Public Health Service Nursing Strategic Plan

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Chief Nurse | Comments Off on Federal Public Health Service Nursing Strategic Plan

Federal Public Health Service Nursing Strategic Plan

Download (PDF, 1013KB) - Updated 3-2013 Federal PHS Nursing Strategic Plan Website...

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Chief Nurse Updates

Posted by on Apr 30, 2009 in Chief Nurse | Comments Off on Chief Nurse Updates

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Chief Nurse Officer History

Posted by on Apr 27, 2009 in Chief Nurse | Comments Off on Chief Nurse Officer History

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