Jackie Sergent is the health promotion coordinator and health education supervisor for the Granville-Vance District Health Department in North Carolina. While her primary focus is to create sustainable policy and environmental change that encourages healthy behaviors in community systems using minimal resources, she has also worked in drop-out, STD and teen pregnancy prevention, as well as on Boys and Girls Club, domestic violence, and gang/offender focused efforts. Principal author of four comprehensive community health assessments and a county greenway master plan, she works with diverse community stakeholders to determine and accomplish goals. Master plan linked greenway efforts have received recognition from the North Carolina Public Health Association and North Carolina Land Trust Council. Before her work in health promotion and health education, Sergent directed the nutrition program for the district health department during which the program garnered several state awards and she was named Nutritionist of the Year.
Sergent was elected mayor of Oxford, N.C. in 2011 after serving the City of Oxford as a commissioner for two years. Working with a seven-member board and city manager, she is currently focused on strategic planning to address economic development and sustainability. Sergent earned a BA in French from Duke University and an MPH in Nutrition from the UNC School of Public Health.
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