Brunswick County Nursing Director recognized as a public health “All-Star”


Brunswick County Nursing Director recognized as a public health “All-Star”

Brunswick County Public Health Nursing Director Cherie Browning


BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County is proud to claim one of the state’s top public health professionals as a member of our Health and Human Services team.

Public Health Nursing Director Cherie Browning was recognized this fall as one of the 2019 Public Health All-Star Award recipients. The award is organized through the North Carolina Public Health Association (NCPHA).

Health Director Cris Harrelson nominated Browning for the award to recognize her positivity, dedication to service and commitment to teamwork.

“Cherie has a ‘can-do spirit,’ is open to input from her team and is always willing to step in and contribute when needed,” Harrelson said. “She regularly speaks at several events around the county on health services matters and is an excellent representative for both our agency and for the public health professionals in our state.”

Browning has served as the County’s nursing director for more than two years. Some of the accomplishments she was recognized for in her award nomination include fostering an optimistic and upbeat atmosphere in the clinic, overseeing the WIC program when the search for a new director was ongoing, leading a team of nurses in emergency shelters during Hurricane Florence for seven days straight with no relief, and overseeing several nursing outreach activities that have nearly doubled the vaccination rate for high-risk clients for Hepatitis C.

“I was completely surprised when they announced my name for the award as our Health Director Cris Harrelson had nominated me and kept it a secret,” Browning said. “I love public health as much today as I did when I started over 18 years ago. I am honored to work with amazing staff who are smart, caring and dedicated to helping Brunswick County residents.”

The All-Star Awards is an annual event where the NCPHA asks the state’s public health agencies to look through their ranks and identify that special, spirited someone who epitomizes public health. Browning is the first recipient of the award from Brunswick County Health and Human Services.

“Cherie advocates for our clients and will go the extra mile to ensure they are served,” Harrelson said. “We are proud to have her in Brunswick County and to nominate her for this award.”


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