Dr. James L. Coleman, Jr., a native of Camden, South Carolina, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Winthrop College, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Master of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, Conway, Arkansas; and Doctor of Education degree from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee. He is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center, Inc. a Federally Qualified Community Health Center (FQHC). Dr. Coleman comes with over 18 years of experience and knowledge in the area of Public Health and Health Care Management, and has served as the former Chief Executive Officer with the Margaret J. Weston Community Health Centers, another FQHC, located in Aiken County.

Dr. Coleman most recently served in the capacity of Department Chair for the Division of Health and Natural Science at Voorhees College, Denmark, South Carolina. Moreover, he is also the former Chief Executive Officer of the Wateree Community Action, Inc., a community action agency, covering a five county area, with a focus on helping poor and disadvantaged people to achieve self-sufficiency and provide them with the tools and resources necessary to achieve that goal.

He was also employed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Division of Adult and Community Health and Program Services Branch, within the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion as a Behavioral Scientist, working on efforts to eliminate health disparities through the social determinants of health.

Dr. Coleman also served as the former Director for the Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion with South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control. This Bureau had one office and seven divisions with the responsibility of overseeing national and state- level initiatives.

Dr. Coleman is positioning G.A. Carmichael Family Health Center to be a solid organization for the communities of Madison, Humphrey and Yazoo Counties in delivering health care services under his internal theme, “Operational Excellence.”