Belinda Pettiford, MPH
President (2022-2023)
NC Division of Public Health
Head, Women's Health Branch
belinda.pettiford@dhhs.nc.gov

Background & Bio
Belinda has over 30 years of experience in public health. She has been with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health, Women’s and Children’s Health Section (Title V) since November 1995. Belinda was named the Head of the Women’s Health Branch in March 2012; in this capacity, she provides oversight to the state’s maternal health, family planning, preconception health, teen pregnancy prevention, sickle cell, and numerous programs focused on equity in birth outcomes.

Belinda has provided leadership for numerous national, state, and local efforts. She co-chairs the Perinatal Health Committee of the Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF). The CFTF is a legislative study commission directed by the NC General Assembly. Belinda also serves on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (SACIM) and is a board member with the National Healthy Start Association.

She received her MPH from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro.