Sharon L. Ricks, MA

Regional Health Administrator, Region 4
HHS, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health

Sharon Ricks, MA, is the Regional Health Administrator for the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is the senior federal public health official focused on improving health outcomes for 65 million Americans in the 8 southeastern states and 6 tribal nations. She has 32 years of federal experience and 23 years at HHS. Mrs. Ricks began her federal career in 1986 at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In 1995, she joined HHS where she supported public affairs activities at three of the National Institutes of Health. In 2001, she joined the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health where she has worked to promote women’s health, reduce infant mortality, and end human trafficking. She has also been a strong advocate for environmental justice, health equity, and the justice-involved. She received her BS in Journalism from the University of Maryland University College in 1990 and her MA in Journalism from Regent University in 2004.


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