Pamela Roshell, PhD, MSW

Pamela Roshell, PhD, MSW

Dr. Pamela Roshell was appointed by the Obama Administration as Regional Director of Region 4 of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in July 2012, bringing nearly 20 years of experience in health care policy, public administration, and gerontology. She is the first African American woman to hold this position in Region 4.

As a Presidential Appointee, Dr. Roshell provides executive leadership as the primary representative for Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for intergovernmental and external affairs with federal, state, local and tribal government organizations, and other external partners in the Region. In her role, Dr. Roshell is responsible for the eight southeastern states, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina and Tennessee, as well as six federally recognized tribes; making Region 4 the largest of ten regions.

Since accepting her appointment, she has focused on advancing the Administratio’s priorities to enhance the health and well-being of Americans by providing for effective health and human services including: fostering sound, sustained advances in the sciences underlying medicine, public health, and social services, increasing efficiency, transparency, and accountability of HHS programs and strengthening the nation’s health and human services infrastructure and workforce.

Using these priorities as a guide, Dr. Roshell has addressed many critical and complex regional challenges, internally and externally. The Region has advanced several important issues and continues to lead national implementation of Agency policy and programs. She has incorporated the One HHS philosophy into daily operations in order to better serve the communities in Region 4. Under her leadership, Region 4 has incorporated several innovative programs and initiatives focused on expanding the healthcare conversation to members of the federal family and non-traditional partners.

Prior to her appointment as Regional Director, Roshell served in a variety of leadership roles at AARP including State Director in Georgia and South Carolina. A native of South Carolina, Dr. Roshell is a graduate of Columbia College, and received a master of social work degree with a specialty in administration from the University of South Carolina. She has built on that specialty with the completion of a PhD in social policy analysis, planning and administration from Clark Atlanta University. She and her husband Win are the proud and involved parents of one daughter.