The foundation is dedicated to:

  • Educating and training health professionals through an annual conference and other means
  • Conducting studies and research
  • Collaborating with related organizations to broadly disseminate important public health information
  • Engaging in other activities that advance the basic mission of the foundation

Please feel free to contact us for additional information about our programs and services.

Make a Gift to the Foundation

The Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes. Donations are recognized at the annual Public Health Symposium and in the newsletter Frontline.


Build leadership in public health through advocacy, education, research, partnerships, and program support.


Advance public health and public health leadership for a healthier nation.

More About the Foundation

Foundation By-Laws (Updated March 2010)



Annual Reports


Foundation Approves First Strategic Plan

The PHS Commissioned Officers Foundation approved the 2014-2018 strategic plan in 2013. The plan builds on the Foundation’s achievements during its formative years and lays out a vision for the future along with specific and measurable goals and objectives to attain that vision.
2014-2018 Strategic Plan (pdf)

Honorary Trustees

  • C. Everett Koop, MD, SciD, 13th U.S. Surgeon General, 1982-1989 (bio) - In Memoriam
  • Joycelyn Elders, MD, MS, 15th U.S. Surgeon General, 1993-1994 (bio)
  • David Satcher, MD, PhD, 16th U.S. Surgeon General, 1998-2002 (bio)
  • Richard H. Carmona, MD, MPH, FACS, 17th U.S. Surgeon General, 2002-2006 (bio)
  • Regina M. Benjamin, MD, MBA, 18th U.S. Surgeon General, 2009-2013 (bio)
  • RADM Audrey Forbes Manley, USPHS, (Ret.), Former Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 1994-1998 (bio)
  • RADM Kenneth P. Moritsugu, USPHS, (Ret.), Former Deputy and Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 2006-2007 (bio)
  • RADM Steven K. Galson, USPHS, (Ret.), Acting U.S. Surgeon General, 2007-2009 (bio)

Nonprofit Status

The foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. All donations to the foundation are fully tax-deductible as charitable donations for income tax purposes.

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