Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams
Chief Nurse Officer, U.S. Public Health Service
As chief nursing officer, RADM Trent-Adams leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (Corps) Nurse Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of Corps nurse professionals.
RADM Trent-Adams is currently the Deputy Associate Administrator in the HIV/AIDS Bureau
(HAB), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). In this role, she assists in
managing the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 (Ryan White HIV/AIDS
Program). The $2.3 billion program funds medical care, treatment, referrals and support services
for uninsured and underserved people living with HIV disease as well as training for health care
professionals. Grantees funded by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program provide services to more
than 550,000 people every year. In addition, as part of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS
Relief, she assists in directing a multi-million dollar global HIV/AIDS program with training,
care and treatment activities in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.
RADM Trent-Adams began her career in the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public
Health Service (USPHS) in 1992. During her USPHS career, RADM Trent-Adams served as
senior advisor in HAB, senior program management officer, branch chief, senior nurse
consultant, and other nursing and policy positions. She has published numerous articles,
participated in research studies, and presented to a variety of domestic and international
organizations and professional groups. Prior to joining the USPHS, RADM Trent-Adams was a
nurse officer in the US Army. She also served as a cancer research nurse at the University of
Maryland Medical Center. RADM Trent-Adams also completed two internships in the US
Senate where she focused on health, defense, and veterans issues. She has served as guest
lecturer at the University of Maryland and Hampton University. Her clinical practice was in
trauma, oncology, community health, and infectious disease.
Throughout her USPHS career she has been actively involved in the Nurse Category. RADM
Trent-Adams served as Chair, Nursing Professional Advisory Committee (NPAC) and on
various NPAC subcommittees including Research (Chair), Communications (Chair), Career
Development, and Recruitment. She serves as mentor to many PHS officers, nursing students,
and other health care professionals across the federal government. RADM Trent-Adams serves
on the Uniformed Services University, Graduate Nursing Program Doctor of Nurse Practice
Transition Team and the Federal Public Health Nurse Leadership Council.
RADM Trent-Adams received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Hampton University, a
Master of Science in Nursing and Health Policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and
a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She completed an
advanced certificate in health policy from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and
was selected as a Doctoral Fellow by the Southern Region Education Board. RADM Trent-
Adams has received numerous awards from the USPHS, US Army, and community
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