Staff writer Simrann Wadhwa spoke with recently-named Health Director of the Orange County Health Department Quintana Stewart about her future plans.
Daily Tar Heel: Why were you interested in this position?
Quintana Stewart: So I was interested in Orange County health director position specifically just because Orange County is known across our state as being innovators, the forerunners with their public health work. When I saw the opportunity to apply for the director position I just thought that was a dream come true. I’ve been working with local health departments for 16 years, and that’s the next step for me. I’m currently serving as an assistant in Forsyth County. So it was just a dream to be able to go work in a community with staff and local government that really supports the local public health department.
DTH: What educational and professional experiences have you had before this position?
QS: My undergraduate degree is in community health education, and I got that from UNC-Greensboro. Then, I went back to school and got a master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Health Care Administration from UNC-Pembroke. Again as I said, I’ve worked for Forsyth County Department of Health for a little over 16 years now and I’ve had a chance to work in several different positions. I started as a health educator, and I moved my way on up to the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator position — from there, assistant Health Director.