Mayo Named Interim Assistant Dean for Community Engagement and Health Equity

June 9, 2022 - Leah Mayo, Center for Healthy Communities coordinator in the College of Health and Human Services and co-director of the North Carolina Public Health Training Center, has been appointed to serve as the interim assistant dean for community engagement and health equity for the 2022-23 academic year, beginning July 1, 2022.

Leah Mayo“Leah Mayo is a proven asset to the college when it comes to her work in community engagement. She has an uncanny way of making connections across the state that directly benefit our region.” Interim Dean Justine Reel said, “Although an incredibly humble human being, she is one of the few in our college to attain membership into UNCW’s million dollar [grant] club.”

Mayo is also an adjunct public health faculty, as well as a first-year student advisor. As center coordinator, she works with community partners to enhance meaningful university and community partnerships that address health equity and improve the health and wellbeing of residents throughout southeastern North Carolina. Her previous roles at a regional health department instilled her knowledge and passion for working with communities, understanding how the built environment impacts health, and the importance of addressing social determinants of health to create meaningful, positive, and sustainable change.

Among the many duties assigned to the interim assistant dean, Mayo will serve as a member of a collaborative college leadership team and provide leadership, management, and advocacy for community partnerships, professional education, the two emerging centers within the CHHS, and strategic marketing, communications, and events management.

“I'm honored and excited to step into the role of interim assistant dean," Mayo said. “I look forward to growing into this position while collaborating with our community, faculty, staff, and students to co-create interdisciplinary community engagement opportunities that promote health equity and improve health and wellbeing.”

Mayo received her undergraduate degree in community health education at UNC Wilmington, Master of Public Health at East Carolina University, and is credentialed as a master certified health education specialist. She is a UNCW diversity and inclusion fellow, member-at-large on the New Hanover County Health and Human Services Board, president of the North Carolina Public Health Association, and past president of the North Carolina Society for Public Health Education.