Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) staff member, Quetta Long, combines her love of supporting mothers and babies with her accounting vocation while holding the distinct and unique status of 20 service years – the longest of any MCH staff member.
“People work closely together in MCH,” says Long. “It’s a nice environment and people have been very caring and supportive over the time I have been here.”
Ms. Long joined MCH as a temporary in 2003 and became a full-time accounting tech in 2004. A graduate of Piedmont Community College and North Carolina Central University, she worked with The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and at the North Carolina State University, where she also was certified and served as a lactation consultant, before coming to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
She notes numerous changes over the past 20 years but stresses that as long as there is good communication among people, they can work closely together. Believing that newcomers need more training to be successful in their respective positions, Long also encourages everyone to get to know each other.
“I have always liked getting to know all of the faculty and staff. MCH is a caring place to work,” she said. “I realize that COVID really changed things, made us more isolated, but coming together helps create better understanding.”
Outside of work, Long enjoys spending time with her husband, three children and a large extended family; is dedicated to her religion, singing in the Victory In Jesus Ministries Church choir; and is awaiting the arrival of her first grandchild.
December 4, 2023 The grant will fund research designed to facilitate more widespread cancer screening and early detection, culminating in reduced cancer mortality. Specifically, the researchers will use data from CIPHR to create new tools based on insurance claims that more efficiently measure and compare cancer screening use across small geographic areas and groups of people.