Sarah Verbiest, DrPH
Dr. Sarah Verbiest is a public health social worker who has spent the last 20 years working to improve the health of women and babies in North Carolina and the southeast. She has taken on this challenge from many angles – as a program leader, strategic planner, educator, lobbyist, fundraiser, connector, systems-thinker, manager, researcher and partner.
Dr. Verbiest is a clinical associate professor in the UNC School of Social Work, co-founder and director of the Every Woman Southeast Coalition and senior advisor to the National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. She has served as director of the Center for Maternal and Infant Health for 11 years. She has her DrPH, MPH and MSW – all earned at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dr. Verbiest teaches the following courses:
Health Equity and Policy, UNC School of Social Work
Administration and Management, UNC School of Social Work
Preconception health, postpartum health and wellness, health equity, leadership, preterm birth prevention, reproductive health and life planning
Dr. Verbiest is an active member of the Wildacres Leadership Initiative, which is part of the William C. Friday Fellowship on Human Relations. She also serves on numerous committees at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist. This past spring she saw her entire Girl Scout Troop graduate from high school after serving as their leader for 13 years.
Leadership development, Women's health, Health equity, Coalition building, Social media and communications