Sharon Jackson, MPA
Sharon Jackson serves as the Diabetes Prevention Specialist for the Healthy Environments Action Team with the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch where her primary role is to work with Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) initiatives across the State. She attended North Carolina Central University, where she obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Community Health Education. Noticing the importance of policy and systems changes within the field of public health, she went on to obtain her Master’s in Public Administration from Strayer University. In 2006, she joined the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) as a Disease Intervention Specialist where she implemented prevention and intervention strategies, counseled, tested, and interviewed HIV and Syphilis positive individuals. She went on to serve as the Clinic Coordinator for the North Carolina SEED Study at UNC Chapel Hill, the largest research study focused on determining the cause(s) of Autism in children ages 3 – 5. She returned to DHHS in 2013 as a Field Services Representative for the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry, abstracting cancer cases and training physician offices and hospitals with implementing Meaningful Use. In a more recent role with the Communicable Disease Branch, she served as a Regional Surveillance Coordinator where she monitored reporting trends, investigated high priority cases, and provided technical assistance to healthcare providers.