Region 6 Director

Captain James LaVelle Dickens, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, FAANP

Captain (CAPT) James LaVelle Dickens - Region 6 Director

Captain James LaVelle Dickens serves in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Office, Office of the Secretary, Region VI Dallas, Texas, as the senior public health advisor for the Office of Minority Health. He is an experienced registered nurse (RN) and board-certified family nurse practitioner (FNP) with more than 25 years of combined federal health care 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 interprofessional team) serving at the Monrovia Medical Unit (MMU) in Monrovia, Liberia-West Africa, overseeing local MMU response efforts.

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