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Sharleen Laporte, MS, CHES, CCHC-C/E

Regional Child Care Health Consultant
Department of Maternal and Child Health
UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Department of Maternal and Child Health
1928 Mail Service Center
5601 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC 27699


Sharleen Laporte is a Regional Child Care Health Consultant. She brings more than 20 years of mental health, behavioral health, health education and promotion with a primary focus on health education and promotion. She began her health education and promotion journey as a Child Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator and Behavioral Health Counselor where she earned the certification to teach the Nurturing Parenting Program. Sharleen worked with community partners, Department of Children Services, Health Departments, and families in the community with the aim to help families and individuals who are at higher risk of developing problems that can lead to child abuse and neglect. She was also the Wellness Ambassador where she led events and activities and worked with providers to promote employee wellness.

In 2021 Sharleen became a Nationally Certified Health Education Specialist and has recently served as a Child Care Health Consultant in Lee and Harnett Counties. She provided consultation, training, and technical assistance for best practices in child care. Sharleen is passionate about healthy behaviors, behavior change models, theories and strategies, health literacy, health communication, and employee wellness.

Teaching Interests

Health and Safety Training

Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention

Allergies, Anaphylaxis and Emergency Treatment in Child Care

Medication Administration in Child Care

Asthma in Child Care

Infant/Toddler Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Reduction in Child Care

Staff/Administrative Duties

As a Regional Child Care Health Consultant, Sharleen serves as the primary source for when child care facilities have any health and safety needs or questions. She provides leadership in the assessment and development of child care health services in North Carolina, delivers consultation and technical assistance, provides training and educational materials, and conducts health and safety assessments.


  • AAS, Nursing, Tidewater Community College, 2001
  • BS, Psychology, Ashford University, 2008
  • MS, Health Psychology, Walden University, 2017
  • MS, Health Education and Promotion, Walden University, 2020
  • CCHC, Child Care Health Consultant, The North Carolina Child Care Health and Safety Resource Center, 2021
  • CHES, Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc, 2021
  • CCHC-C/E, North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Certification and Technical Assistance Endorsement, North Carolina Child Care Health Consultant Association, 2023