WENTWORTH — With more than seven years of experience working in both regional and consolidated public health agencies, Fred "Trey" Wright took over as Rockingham County's new Director of Public Health on Monday.
“In Public Health we are in the business of helping others, and this is core value I live by,” Wright said in a news release.
Wright replaces Susan Young, a registered nurse who had served since the beginning of the pandemic, as the county's interim public health director.
“I am excited to be a part of the Rockingham County Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health,'' Wright said in the release.
Wright has much experience in the promotion of health education and in working with diverse populations across North Carolina.
Prior to joining the Rockingham County Department of Health and Human Services, Wright served as the deputy health director for the Nash County Health Department. In Nash County, Wright provided oversight of health promotion, animal control, and case management, and served as the agency’s public information officer and accreditation coordinator.
Wright also served as the awards chair for the Eastern District North Carolina Public Health Association and as a member of the Health ENC – Community Health Assessment Survey Design Task Force.
In Cumberland County, Wright served as local public health administrator. And in Carteret County he worked as a public health educator. Wright also worked as a public health education specialist for Albemarle Regional Health Services, an eight-county health district. While at Albemarle, Wright implemented the Positive Parenting Program in a 10-county region to reduce child abuse and neglect while increasing family resiliency.
Wright has also served as adjunct faculty member for Carteret Community College and Wilson Community College, teaching public speaking courses.
He holds a bachelor's degree from East Carolina University, as well as master's degrees in public health and communications, also from ECU.
For relaxation, Wright enjoys fishing, refinishing furniture, and plans to cycle around the hills in Rockingham County. Wright’s wife, Susan, also works in the public health field.