Center for Health Communities Coordinator Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Center for Healthy Communities Coordinator Awarded Distinguished Service Award

Leah Mayo, coordinator for the NC Public Health Training Center & Center for Healthy Communities at UNCW, was honored with the Distinguished Service Award from the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA) in December ‘18.

The NCPHA was formed in 1909 by a group of concerned county health officials with the intention of promoting public health in North Carolina. Over 100 years later, NCPHA is still constantly working to improve public health through activism and community awareness, and serves as a bridge between research and practice.

The recipient of the Distinguished Service Award is chosen by the NCPHA Executive Committee and is meant to honor someone that has made considerable contributions to the NCPHA.

“It was a great honor to receive the award, and it being a surprise made it even better,” Mayo said. “This is a great example of the benefits of getting involved with professional associations such as NCPHA early in one’s career.”

Mayo was chosen for the award because of her enthusiasm and commitment to the NCPHA. Some of her contributions include serving as membership chair of NCPHA and creating the NCPHA Young Professionals group. Under the leadership of Mayo, the NCPHA has developed into one of the largest state affiliates of the American Public Health Association.

Mayo was given the award at the NCPHA Annual Fall Educational Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Mayo was presented this honor by Dave Jenkins, the NCPHA president.