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.




Do you know a superhero that works in women’s or children’s health? Nominate them for the NCPHA Women’s & Children’s Health Super Hero Award!

The NCPHA Women’s and Children’s Section Committee is requesting nominations for outstanding Super Heroes in addressing Women’s and Children’s Health. This award is intended to honor and celebrate the heroes who go above and beyond for women and children in North Carolina.

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 Super 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 nomination.

The application must include:

A letter of recommendation for the award from someone other than nominee.

AND if you are nominating yourself ALSO

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


A 200-250-word essay by the Superhero.  Go to the below nomination form to submit your Super Hero nomination!


 Super Heros Nomination Form

Section Leadership 2021-2022


Gerri Mattson

Vice Chair:
Jacquie Simmons

Stacy Rosser

Ainsley Johnson

Fall Educational Conference Planning Committee Representative:
Michaela Penix

Advocacy Committee Representative:
Leigh Yount

Public Awareness Committee Representative:
Dominique Buckenmeyer

Michaela Penix

Leigh Yount