Sylvia A. Flack, EdD, RN

Executive Director of The Center of Excellence for the Elimination of Health Disparities (CEEHD)
Winston-Salem State University

As a comprehensive, historically Black constituent institution of the University of North Carolina, Winston-Salem State University contributes to the social, cultural, intellectual and economic growth of the region, North Carolina and beyond. The University is dedicated to the development of students through excellence in teaching, scholarship and service.

After a successful career as a clinician, educator and researcher, Dr. Flack joined WSSU in 1989 and led the University’s efforts in developing exemplary healthcare programs. Serving as founding Dean of the School of Health Science, she used this opportunity to launch the School research agenda in health disparities. Dr. Flack founded the Community Family Practice and Wellness Center, an academic primary care facility located in the Housing Authority of Winston-Salem’s public housing and family services which she used to implement the immersion method, teaching students about health disparities and how to improve minority health.

In 2004 and again in 2009 she developed and led Faces of a Healthy Future: National Conference to End Health Disparities I & II, two of the nation’s largest conferences on health disparities. She has also been instrumental in securing multi-million dollars through research and training grants and other avenues. She serves on many communities, state, national boards in healthcare, public education, higher education and civic organizations and consults nationally with colleges and universities on educational programs and also has served as a SACS visitor and a scientific reviewer for the United States DOE, NIH, DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) and Susan G. Komen. She holds a BSN from WSSU, a MSN in from the Medical College of Georgia and Doctorate in Educational Administration from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Among her many award and honors she is most thankful for the 2008 Leadership in Health Disparities Award from NIH and 2010 induction into the Legacy Club of the Missionary Council for the CME Church.