Center for Healthy Communities staff Angela Medina

Meet CDC Public Health Associate Angela Medina, CHHS Center for Healthy Communities

In 2015, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention placed Angela Medina, a public health associate, with CHHS’s Center for Healthy Communities. Angela has been with the center for two years.

The purpose of the CDC’s Public Health Associate Program is to allow associates to get real-world, boots-on-the-ground public health experience in a local public health setting. Typically, associates are placed at local or state health departments, but UNCW was selected as one of the first universities to host an associate.

Since her arrival in September 2015, Angela has provided support to the Southeastern Regional Health Collaborative through identifying and facilitating ways that the counties can collaborate and use their resources effectively.  She is currently the lead on diabetes prevention and self-management, where she works with community partners such as the diabetes educators in each of the five counties.

Additionally, Angela is the lead on the health aspect of a partnership with the town of Navassa.  She is working with the town to implement health activities and conduct a health assessment. She enjoys being able to work with diverse populations in southeastern North Carolina.

Before moving to Wilmington, Angela lived in Michigan, where she attended Michigan State University. In May 2016, she received her Master of Arts in health and risk communication.   Following her two years with the CHC, Angela plans to continue working for the federal government. She hopes to work as a public health advisor or a health communication specialist so she can apply the experiences she gained while working at UNCW.