Cheryl Dammons

Associate Administrator for Healthcare Systems
Health Resources and Services Administration
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Biography

Cheryl DamonsMs. Cheryl Dammons was appointed Associate Administrator for the Healthcare Systems Bureau (HSB) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in March 2013.

As the Associate Administrator, Ms. Dammons leads 10 unique programs aimed at strengthening the healthcare infrastructure through 340B drug pricing; organ and blood stem transplantation; vaccine and countermeasure injury compensation; poison control; healthcare facility renovation and construction; free or low cost health care; and Hansen’s disease (leprosy) patient care, research and education. Collectively, these programs represent $126 million of the overall HRSA budget. In April 2012, Ms. Dammons joined HSB as the Deputy Associate Administrator.

Ms. Dammons served as the Deputy Associate Administrator of HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) from January 2011 through April 2012 prior to joining HSB. As the BPHC deputy, she co-managed a $2 billion budget that supported the health care safety-net for vulnerable populations across the country. Funds supported more than 8,000 community health centers and clinics sites, migrant health centers, health care for the homeless centers, and public housing primary care centers. Located in communities nationwide, these sites provide comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care to more than 19.5 million people. Health centers are health homes for more than one in three people living in poverty.

In 2006, Ms. Dammons joined BPHC as the Executive Officer. In this role, she managed administrative operations (budget, personnel, travel, space, contracts, and correspondence). Prior to joining BPHC, Ms. Dammons served as HRSA’s Executive Secretariat in 2006; the Deputy Associate Administrator for HRSA's Office of Performance Review (OPR) – now the Office of Regional Operations (ORO) - from 2005 to 2006; and as an analyst within OPR from 2000 to 2005. OPR is the agency's focal point for reviewing and improving the performance of HRSA-supported programs in states and communities.

Prior to her years at OPR, Ms. Dammons served in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Office of Communications. During her tenure at CMS, she developed media campaigns (television, print, and radio) to promote the Children’s Health Insurance Program and Medicare preventive medicine coverage for mammograms, influenza, and pneumonia immunizations.

Before joining the federal service in 1998, Ms. Dammons worked in the private sector with management consultant companies on HHS programs such as community-based, culturally specific substance abuse prevention programs and influenza prevention for Medicare beneficiaries. While in the private sector, she served as a training coordinator, Director for both the Maryland State and the Baltimore City Flu Prevention Coalitions, and as a community health coordinator.

Ms. Dammons earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in modern languages and linguistics with a minor in international affairs and her Master’s Degree in intercultural communication and Spanish from the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Date Last Reviewed:  March 2016