Julia Yao, MPH
Faithful Families Program Specialist
Julia Yao serves as the Program Specialist for the Faithful Families Thriving Communities program, a collaborative effort between NC State University Extension and the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health (CCCPH) Branch in the NC Division of Public Health. In this role, she oversees the administration and evaluation of the program with local staff in five regions across the state and coordinates efforts to promote healthy eating, physical activity, and chronic disease management. Faithful Families is a practice-tested, faith-based health promotion intervention designed to promote healthy eating and physical activity in communities of faith. The program includes a nine-week educational series that helps participants connect their faith with healthy eating and physical activity strategies, along with resources to support health-related changes in the congregation’s environment and practices.
Julia received her Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. During her studies, she completed her graduate practicum with Children's Defense Fund in Washington, D.C., evaluating child health policies at the federal level. Prior to her degree, she resided in Seattle, Washington, where she worked with several non-profit organizations implementing programs that addressed community hunger, nutrition education and chronic disease management. In her free time, Julia tries to spend as much time as she can exploring the outdoors with her partner and connecting with local farmers who wish to support their community with affordable, fresh produce.