Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Womens Chartered Advisory Group


The Commissioned Corps Women's Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) 


Our Mission and Who We Are

Our mission is to identify and analyze key issues that impact women in the Commissioned Corps and to develop action plans to address these issues. 

The Commissioned Corps Women’s Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) was founded in 2011 under former Surgeon General VADM Regina Benjamin and supports the 2009 Executive Order establishing the White House Council on Women and Girls.  Members are appointed by the Surgeon General, including appointment of a Flag officer as chairperson.  To ensure multiple view points, an officer from the Medical, Dental, Engineering, and Environmental Health categories sits on the board at all times.  The CCWIAB currently meets on a monthly basis.


Current CCWIAB Key Issues

Members meet on several subcommittees including reproductive health; anti-harassment and discrimination; health and wellness; outreach and membership; and website. Issues currently under review include:

  • Deployment challenges
  • Pregnancy related issues
  • Workplace harassment

Please feel free to contact the board regarding women’s issues, concerns, and topics for women serving in the USPHS Commissioned Corps.


Expectant Parents' Guide has been revised!

Take a look at the updated version of the Expectant Parents' Guide! This version revises the section on Maternity Leave to align with the December 2016 expanded maternity leave policy, alerts readers to TRICARE dental benefits for dependents may change on May 1, 2017, includes a new section on postpartum depression, and updates websites, links, addresses, and contact info.

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 09:21:00 EST

Resource Guide for USPHS Officers Getting Married or Getting Divorced, and for Dependents Surviving the Death of a USPHS Officer is now available!

The Resource Guide for USPHS Officers Getting Married or Getting Divorced, and for Dependents Surviving the Death of a USPHS Officer is an unofficial guide designed to assist officers in the USPHS in navigating and understanding the various policies and resources relevant to each topic. Topics include, but are not limited to, changing your name, enrolling spouse/dependent(s) in benefits, updating Direct Access, tax considerations, transferring educational benefits and survivor benefits. The Guide was prepared by the Junior Officer Advisory Group (JOAG) in collaboration with the Commissioned Corps Women’s Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB).

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 19:32:00 EST

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