Women’s and Children's Health Section



The WCH section membership includes diverse professions which include dental providers, nurses, social work, physicians, mid-level providers, nutritionists, health educators, and other public health professionals.  These professionals all share a focus on a variety of issues impacting the health of children and families using the life course perspective.  Examples of these health focus areas for the section include oral health, environmental health, pregnancy, and immunizations, preconception health, reproductive health, and developmental and psychosocial screening for infants, children and adolescents. The section's goals are to improve awareness of critical health issues for families, including training and access to information and promotion of collaboration between multi-disciplinary public health professionals to improve health outcomes. The section provides opportunity for individual professionals to share and leverage their specialty knowledge and develop partnerships which can impact public health at the local and state level.




Everyday Heroes Award


Why this award?

The NCPHA Women’s and Children’s Section Committee is requesting nominations for outstanding Everyday Heroes in addressing Women’s and Children’s Health.

This award provides an opportunity to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of public health professionals providing a service, program and/or practice in North Carolina.

The person making the nomination is required to be NCPHA member. However, the Everyday Hero nominee is not required to be a member of NCPHA.  You are allowed to  nominate yourself for the award, however if you self-nominate, you must provide a letter of recommendations in addition to your essay or video.

Due Date:   Completed nomination applications are due by August 7th, 2020. 

Application Criteria  

Who are the Everyday Heroes for Women and Children in your community?  This award is intended to honor and celebrate the heroes who go above and beyond for women and children. 

Here is how to nominate an Everyday Hero which can be you or a colleague. 

The nomination must include: 

A letter of recommendation for the award from someone other than nominee (you will have the opportunity to upload a letter in the nomination form) 

AND if you are nominating yourself ALSO  

A digital/video statement from the Everyday Hero that is no longer than 2 minutes or 3 slides or 3 MB long from  


A 200-250 word essay by the Everyday Hero (also uploadable in the nomination form)  


WCH Everyday Heroes Nomination Form 


Section Leadership 2019-2020


Gerri Mattson

Vice Chair:
Jacquie Simmons

Stacy Rosser

Allison Beam 

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
Michaela Penix

Advocacy Committee Representative:
Leigh Yount

Public Awareness Committee Representative:
Ainsley Johnson

Michaela Penix

Leigh Yount