Parham Hopson, Former HAB Director, Retires

Parham Hopson, Former HAB Director, Retires

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Deborah Parham Hopson
Rear Adm. Deborah Parham Hopson Retires, former Associate Administrator for HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB), has retired after a decades-long career at HRSA committed to serving the underserved and focusing on the importance of leadership in the provision of health care services. Early on, she served as a Presidential Management Intern and worked for the Institute of Medicine studying the shortage of nurses, Dr. Parham joined the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) in 1984. While at HRSA, she worked in many programs including community and migrant health centers, health care for the homeless, health care for residents of public housing, and Healthy Start programs. She also completed special assignments in the Office of the Surgeon General and the Indian Health Service. In 1991, Dr. Parham began working for what is now the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) as a program evaluator. Subsequent positions with the program included:

  • Director, Part C program (1994-1997);
  • Director, Division of Community Based Programs, HAB (1997 – 2000);
  • Deputy Associate Administrator, HAB (2000-2002); and
  • Associate Administrator, HAB (2002 – 2013).

Since leaving HAB, Dr. Parham has served at the Senior Health Advisor, HRSA. Reflecting back on her career and her many accomplishments, Dr. Parham is most proud of:

In addition to these accomplishments, it is important to note that Dr. Parham is the first African-American nurse to achieve RADM rank in history of the USPHS.