Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service

Womens Chartered Advisory Group

About Us

Who We Are

The Commissioned Corps Women’s Issues Advisory Board (CCWIAB) is comprised of active-duty Public Health Service officers and aims to serve as a resource and in an advisory capacity to assist in the development, coordination, and evaluation of activities impacting women Public Health Service officers.  For a list of current CCWIAB voting members, please see CCWIAB Leadership page.

Role of CCWIAB

CCWIAB functions in an advisory capacity to:

  • Identify and analyze key workforce-related issues impacting women officers and provide policy recommendations to the OSG;
  • Keep the OSG and partners informed about the activities of other uniformed services, the White House, and Veterans’ organizations on issues of women in uniform;
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of special emphasis activities conducted in support of issues impacting women officers; and
  • Support fellow women officers in leading well-balanced lives while upholding the core values of USPHS Commissioned Corps.


CCWIAB was chartered in 2011 under then United States Surgeon General, VADM Regina Benjamin and founded to support objectives of the White House Council on Women and Girls, which was established by a 2009 Executive Order. Objectives of the White House Council included reviewing and recommending changes to policies that have a distinct impact on women in the federal workforce. At the time CCWIAB was established, the board identified issues impacting women officers, including leadership opportunities for women officers, distribution of women in certain professions, harassment and discrimination of women officers in the workplace, interpersonal violence, and important work-life issues, including pregnancy and breastfeeding. CCWIAB continues to research and address current issues affecting women officers who serve in the USPHS Commissioned Corps.  

CCWIAB Charter

To access the most current Charter of CCWIAB, please click on the link below.

We also encourage you to subscribe to the CCWIAB listserv!

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