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Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, FAAN

Millicent Gorham, PhD (Hon), MBA, FAAN

Millicent Gorham is the Executive Director of the National Black Nurses Association, Inc., which represents 150,000 African American nurses in the United States. Millicent was appointed to that position in October 1995.  She handles all administrative, fund development, advocacy, communications, marketing and conference planning, with a staff of four and a budget of $1.4 million.

Millicent has more than 35 years of government relations experience.  For four years she worked as the health legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Louis Stokes, (D-OH).  She was the coordinator of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust and served on the steering committee of the CBC Health Brain Trust for 18 years.  She served as the assistant director of government relations for the American Optometric Association for eight years. And, for four years, Millicent worked as the director of government relations for the National Rural Health Association.

In 2016, Millicent was appointed to the Pfizer, Inc. Multicultural Advisory Board and the Patient Advocacy Committee of Astellas Pharmaceutical Company.  In January 2017 she was appointed to the Board of Directors of

From March 2013 to March 2015, she served on the Diversity Advisory Board for MGM Resorts International.  She was appointed to the Fund Development Committee of the American Academy of Nursing in 2012.  From 2012 – 2015, Millicent served on The Coca Cola Company Live Positively Advisory Board. On October 15, 2011, Millicent was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing as an honorary fellow.  She was appointed to the Musculoskeletal Health Disparities Advisory Committee hosted by Zimmer Biomet in August 2011, now known as the Movement is Life Caucus.   In June 2011, she was appointed to the Community Advisory Board of the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science (GHUCCTS). U.S. Representative Donna Christen Christian, chair, Congressional Black Caucus Health Brain Trust, appointed Millicent to the CBC Health Brain Trust Health Equity Leadership Commission in August 2010.

She served on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Nominating Group that recommends consumers to the FDA 46 Advisory Committees; and the National Kidney Disease Education Program Coordinating Panel, NIH.  She served as an Advisory Member of the National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center at Howard University from 2006-2011.   She was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition in 2004 and became the secretary in 2006 – 2009.  She was appointed to the Balm in Gilead Cervical Cancer Advisory Board in 2004.   She served on the Board of Governors of the Jacobs Institute of Women’s Health in 2006. She served on the planning committees for the annual meetings of the National Council of Negro Women and the American Academy of Nursing.   She was appointed to the Alumnae Advisory Board, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Simmons College, Boston, MA, in 2007; and was appointed chair in September 2008.   Millicent served on the Community Advisory Board of the Lombardi Cancer Institute at Georgetown University, 2009-2010.  Millicent serves on the National Advisory Committee of Nursing Spectrum Magazine.  Millicent served two three year terms on the Board of Directors of the National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners, 2006-2012.

The National Licensed Practical Nurses Association honored her with the President’s Award in 2015.  Millicent was awarded the 2006 Simmons College Alumnae Achievement Award and presented the Phyllis Dotson Nursing Lecture.  In 2008, she was awarded the Simmons College African American Alumnae Association “Quiet Leader Award”.  In 1996, Bethune Cookman College, Department of Nursing, honored Millicent with its Achievement Award.  In 1995, she was awarded the U.S. State Offices of Rural Health Award.   She was president of Women in Government Relations in 1991 and served for three years on the WGR LEADER Foundation Board.  WGR is an 800 member organization of government relations professionals.  In 1997, she was awarded its highest honor, the Distinguished Member Award.

Since 1996, Millicent has served as a deacon at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Washington, D.C.  She served as a deacon trustee from 1998-2002.  She served as chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, May 2004 – June 2013.

Simmons College, Boston, MA, awarded Millicent an honorary doctorate in nursing on May 20, 2011.  Millicent received a Masters in Business Administration from Howard University and a B.A. in Business Management and Communications from Simmons College, Boston, MA.  She also received a certificate of completion from the Institutes for Organization Management, Chamber of Commerce of the United States.

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