Board of Directors

JamesDickensReg6Captain (CAPT) James LaVelle Dickens, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Denton, TX

Serves in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office, Office of the Secretary, Region VI Dallas, TX as the Senior Public Health Advisor for the Office of Minority Health. He is an experienced Registered Nurse and Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner with over twenty-five years of combined federal healthcare experience. CAPT Dickens’ clinical experience includes orthopedics, emergency department, operating room, long-term care, and the primary care setting. CAPT Dickens is a Commissioned Officer in the United States Public Health Service whose mission is to promote, protect and advance the health and safety of the Nation. He was selected to participate as a clinical team member for the Afghanistan Health Initiative (AHI) in Kabul, Afghanistan. The mission of the AHI was to improve quality of care, as well as decrease maternal and infant mortality rates at the Rabia Balkhi Women’s Hospital in Kabul. In 2013, CAPT Dickens served as a technical advisor as part of a hospital assistance team in Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. CAPT Dickens served as the Officer in Charge of the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Ebola Response, Team 2 (a 76 member inter-professional team) serving at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) in Monrovia, Liberia-West Africa overseeing local MMU response efforts.