The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) has honored two alumni from the University of NOrth Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health. Ms. Evelyn Foust and Ms. Belinda Pettiford have received the Ronald H. Levine Legacy Award for outstanding accomplishments and continued commitment to the cause of public health.
The peer-nominated award is named for former State Health Director Dr. Ronald H. Levine. It is given to those whose hard work and enduring commitment to public health has strengthened the lives of North Carolinians with significant, sustainable and positive improvements to public health across the state.
Ms. Foust graduated from the Gillings School in 1994 with a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration. She has worked in various roles within NCDHHS’s Division of Public Health (DPH) for more than thirty years. In her early career, she also worked with the Mecklenburg County Health Department as a disease intervention specialist, served as the Division of Public Health HIV/STD (human immunodeficiency/sexually transmitted diseases) director until 2009, and has been in her current role since 2008 as head of the Communicable Disease Branch in DPH’s epidemiology section.
Ms. Pettiford graduated from the Gillings School in 1993, also with a Master of Public Health degree in health policy and administration. She started her career with Harnett County Health Department as a health educator focused on family planning and health promotion efforts. She has been with the DPH’s Women’s and Children’s Health Section since 1995 and has held her current role as head of the Women’s Health Branch since 2012, where she provides oversight on maternal and child health, sickle cell disease, tobacco use and numerous programs focused on equity in birth outcomes.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on March 06