Miriam Mears Peterson, MPH

Title: Nutrition Program Manager
Company: Wake County Department of Human Services
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States

Miriam Mears Peterson, MPH, nutrition program manager for the Wake County Department of Human Services, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Health Care Providers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in public health administration.

Driven by a lifelong interest in nutrition and culinary arts, Ms. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in home economics at Carnegie Mellon University in 1964 and began her career as a clinical dietitian at the University of West Virginia. She completed her Master of Public Health at the University of Michigan in 1968 and received several awards and honors for her student work, including a U.S. Public Health Service Traineeship. Ms. Peterson would spend the next decade as a nutrition consultant for the Wisconsin State Board of Health, the director of Program Development Instructions and a lecturer and instructor at Mundelein College.

In 1979, Ms. Peterson was named nutrition program manager for the Wake County Department of Human Services, holding the post for nearly 30 years. During her tenure, Ms. Peterson expanded serviced and organizational enrollment from 2,000 members to over 20,000 at the time of her retirement in 2008. She continued to teach throughout her career as the resident nutritionist for Station WTVD-TV in Durham, North Carolina and an adjunct assistant professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health from 1987 to 2008.

Ms. Peterson attributes her success to her ability to remain energetic and excited about her work. She is a member of the American Dietetic Association, the North Carolina Dietetic Association, the North Carolina Public Health Association and the Raleigh Dietetic Association, and has been nominated for an Award for Human Services from the YWCA Of Wake County. Moreover, she is proud to have received recognition from the Order of The Long Leaf Pine Society.

 

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