Sarah Verbiest

Event Speaker

Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, (she/her) has an extensive career as an advocate, leader, researcher, trainer, teacher, and program director. Her main areas of focus have been addressing disparities in maternal and infant health outcomes, improving system supports for families, and advancing health justice and equity for people in their reproductive years. Dr. Verbiest currently holds several leadership positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill including the Executive Director of the Collaborative for Maternal and Infant Health in the School of Medicine, the Co-Director of the National Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center in the School of Public Health and the Director of the Jordan Institute for Families in the School of Social Work where she is also a Clinical Professor. She is a co-founder of the 4th Trimester Project and has led work connected to the national Show Your Love Initiative (formerly National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative) for many years. Dr. Verbiest has authored over 40 journal articles and edited 4 books over the past 8 years. She received the William Lloyd Garrison Ally award from Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere, Inc. for her racial equity work, the University Award for Diversity and Inclusion – Intergroup Collaboration and the John A. Tate Early Career Scholars for Children in Need Distinguished Professorship. She is a certified Mental Health First Aid instructor. She has completed Racial Equity Training Phase I and II, Whiteness at Work full training, and the Interaction Institute for Social Change, Racial Justice Facilitator Training. She also receives coaching from the Intercultural Development Institute and co-leads the 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge.