Susanne Schmal, MPH
Early Child Care and School Coordinator
Susanne Schmal serves as the Early Child Care and School Coordinator for the Healthy Eating and Active Living Unit with the Community and Clinical Connections for Prevention and Health Branch. Susanne has over 15 years of experience in public health, many of which have been with the Chronic Disease and Injury (CDI) Section, and its various state and community partners.
Through her partnerships with community, state and national efforts, she has primarily addressed the risk factors and associated chronic diseases of obesity, nutrition and physical activity. Her experiences have included participating in national evaluability assessments to identify and assess successful local-level policies and programs that have been implemented to improve the eating habits and physical activity levels of children. She has extensive experience serving in the role of coordinator for various programs and providing oversight and technical assistance, including her tenure with the Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Branch; a childhood obesity initiative in NC with local funded communities in schools, health departments and faith-based organizations; and serving as the statewide coordinator for a program for the Early Care and Education setting that provides interactive learning opportunities on physical activity and healthy eating. Prior to her role with the CDI Section, Susanne worked with the Center for Training and Research Translation, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to identify, review and translate evidence-based interventions for public health practice, primarily focused on obesity prevention.
Susanne credits her education to learning from peers, colleagues and mentors, as well as her Master of Public Health degree in Health Behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her free time, Susanne enjoys running, cooking, hiking/walking on trails, traveling, walking her dogs, spending time with friends, and listening to the birds from her screened porch.