CAPT Jeanean Willis Marsh
CAPT Jeanean Willis Marsh was selected by Surgeon General Vivek Murthy as the Chief Professional Officer (CPO) for the Health Services Officer (HSO) category to advise the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, retention, and professional development of over 1,200 officers in the HSO category.
CAPT Willis Marsh is the Director of the Division of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) in the Bureau of Health Workforce, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). With a budget of $310 million, the National Health Service Corps supports over 9600 primary health care professionals committed to practicing in underserved communities at over 15,000 sites across the United States and it’s territories by providing scholarship and loan repayment in exchange for their service. In addition, she led the HRSA Ready Responder Program, the first of its kind in the Department until the sunset of the program in 2012. The program was launched in 2004 to ensure a readily deployable cadre of highly trained commissioned officers from four categories; Medical, Dental, Nurse, and Health Services. These officers had demonstrated expertise in clinical practice and operations, and emergency response and preparedness. In addition to readiness, Ready Responders served as a component of the nation’s health care safety net by delivering health care at an NHSC site located in needy communities with hard-to-fill positions.
CAPT Willis Marsh began her career in the United States Public Health Service in 2000 after serving as an Assistant Professor at Temple University’s School of Podiatric Medicine. Upon completion of her residency program in 1991, she became one of two Podiatrist in the country fellowship trained to conduct electromyography and nerve conduction studies. CAPT Willis Marsh’s first assignment was in HRSA’s Office of Minority Health where she served as the lead for the agency’s Cultural Competence and Native American and Tribal Initiatives. She co-authored HRSA’s Health Disparities Strategic Plan published in 2000. Her interest in the education, recruitment, and training of health professionals continued as she served as the Team Lead for the Health Careers Opportunities Program and Centers of Excellence grant programs designed to increase the number minority and disadvantaged students entering the health professions. In response to the Administrator’s interest in increasing the agency’s support for pipeline programs, CAPT Willis Marsh designed and administered a new grant program, Pathways to Health Professions, which received an unprecedented 130 applications during the inaugural launch.
CAPT Willis Marsh has received several PHS awards including the Outstanding Service Medal and non-PHS awards from the Department of Health and Human Services, and professional and community-based organizations.
After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore, CAPT Willis Marsh earned her Doctor of Podiatric Medicine from the Pennsylvania College of Podiatric Medicine. She completed residency training at Cooper Medical Center in Camden, New Jersey and fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
CAPT Willis Marsh is a mentor to her former students and Ready Responders as well as officers in several categories. Her commitment to mentoring, providing assistance to those in need, and promoting academic excellence continues in her personal life as an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.