Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix
Chief Nurse Officer
Rear Admiral Aisha K. Mix became the Chief Nurse Officer on 1 October 2019. As Chief Nurse, RDML Mix will advise the Office of the Surgeon General and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention, and career development of nurse professionals, and will be responsible to provide leadership to 4,500 Commissioned Corps and civilian nurses.
With more than 20 years in nursing as a clinician, public health practitioner, educator, and emergency manager, RDML Mix has made stellar contributions to nursing and public health throughout her career. She was commissioned into the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 2006 as a public health analyst at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). At HRSA, RDML Mix mobilized the nursing community to increase awareness of the need for nursing workforce diversity, designed strategies to increase retention and graduation rates for nursing students from disadvantaged backgrounds, and developed policies and programs to increase access to care for underserved communities.
Currently, RDML Mix serves as the Senior Health Policy Administrator for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Health Service Corps (IHSC) where she manages a team focused on the enhancement of health care delivery within IHSC facilities. IHSC provides on-site direct patient care at facilities throughout the country and manages the provision of off-site medical care for those housed in approximately 240 additional facilities.
Prior to joining IHSC, RDML Mix served as a senior policy analyst within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR). She served as the liaison for emergency operations, translating disaster policy into practice and ensuring that the federal responses to disasters and public health emergencies integrated behavioral health and addressed the needs of at-risk individuals and families. While at ASPR, RDML Mix leveraged her knowledge and expertise in nursing workforce development to design and implement expanded nurse deployment roles during disasters, including case management, discharge planning, patient movement, human services, and disaster recovery operations.
In support of the Commissioned Corps, RDML Mix served as Deputy Team Commander for Services Access Team – 5 and as part of the leadership team for Disaster Case Management operations following Hurricane Irene. She was also selected to deploy to Monrovia, Liberia as a member of the first USPHS team to support the 2014 Ebola Response. Following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, RDML Mix was requested as the field operations policy lead and developed the long-term strategic plan for federal recovery support in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
RDML Mix maintains licensure as a Registered Nurse and is a board-certified National Healthcare Disaster Professional. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Nursing from Hampton University and completed her Master of Public Health degree at Johns Hopkins University. RDML Mix received her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree, with a focus on educational leadership, from Case Western Reserve University and remains linked to nursing education through adjunct faculty appointments in graduate nursing education. At every opportunity, RDML Mix is a champion for USPHS nurses, nursing as a profession, and nurses’ contributions across the care continuum.