Frances E. Ashe-Goins, RN, MPH, FAAN

Frances Ashe-Goins

Frances Ashe-Goins is an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing and Arnold School of Public Health, and a health consultant with expertise in nursing, minority health and public health issues. She is on several boards and concentrates her volunteer activities with national and local organization that address lupus, kidney disease, women’s rights, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence and sexual assault, human trafficking, maternal mortality, minority women’s health, and healthy youth.

She is an active member of AKF’s Advocacy Network and was a featured speaker at AKF’s 2019 Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.

Recently she was a consultant for the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, developing a statewide strategic plan on sickle cell disease. She is a consultant for the Florida Department of Health on the development of a statewide strategic plan on human trafficking.

Ashe-Goins was the Deputy Director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women’s Health (OWH) until her retirement in 2015. During her tenure she concentrated on lupus, HIV/AIDS, kidney disease and transplantation, breast cancer, young women’s health, family and intimate violence, and human trafficking.

She has appeared on many radio and television programs and made presentations at numerous national conferences/workshops. She has received numerous national awards including several HHS Secretaries’ Awards for Distinguished Service. She is a University of South Carolina Outstanding Black Alumni recipient and a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is a contributing author of a chapter on violence against women in Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, 5th edition (2007) and has written articles addressing lupus and human trafficking for nursing and public health magazines.

Ashe-Goins received associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in nursing, and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of South Carolina, which also awarded her an honorary Ph.D. in 2016.