Jessica Young, MD, MPH is from Hollister, a rural town in northeastern North Carolina. She is a proud alum of North Carolina A&T State University, where she received a degree in chemistry before entering Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, where she received a Doctor of Medicine degree. She is a pediatrician with residency training from Atrium Health/Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, NC and she is also an alum of the UNC Preventive Medicine program and the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, where she obtained her MPH in Population Health for Clinicians. During her time at UNC, she has been involved with many scholarly activities, including projects focused on childhood obesity prevention and treatment, early childhood development, child health disparities, and childhood immunizations, specifically influenza, COVID-19, and HPV. At UNC, she is a clinical assistant professor of pediatrics and Associate Program Director for the Preventive Medicine Residency program, where she continues clinical medicine as a primary care pediatrician and works with various groups and organizations on many population health projects affecting children and adolescents in North Carolina.