Hello! My name is Margo Faulk, and I grew up in Eugene, Oregon (land of perpetual rain), and attended Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota (land of perpetual snow). I studied Health Geography to better understand how the places where families live, work, and play affect their health and wellbeing. This work instilled in me a passion for social justice and particularly food justice, and I spent the next year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, teaching nutrition and gardening to children and youth. Through this experience, I realized that I was happiest working alongside individuals to help them reach their health goals, so I applied to medical school to become a family doctor. The following year I worked in Madison, Wisconsin, helping patients navigate medical debt and health insurance issues, which opened my eyes to the how unaffordable and inaccessible our medical system is for so many Americans.
I first fell in love with North Carolina when I visited the state to build a porch for my partner’s grandmother and had my first taste of sweet potato pie (truly, I thought I had died and gone to heaven). After so much moving around, I was ready to grow some roots, and I couldn’t imagine a better place than in the land of the long leaf pine! When I was accepted to UNC for medical school, I knew that I was becoming a Tarheel for the long haul.
During medical school, I was honored to work with and learn from some of the rural communities that form this great state, from Burnsville to Whitakers to Hendersonville. Continuing my passion for improving the health of communities as well as families and individuals, I completed a Masters of Public Health and helped found the Student Health Action Coalition’s Gender Affirming Care Clinic. UNC has been an incredible place to learn and grow as a physician and person, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to continue my training with the UNC Family Medicine Rural Health Track at the Prospect Hill Community Health Center.
I am passionate about health equity and social justice broadly, with specific interest in women’s health, LGBTQIA+ health, farmworker health, racial equity, and harm reduction. Outside of medicine, I enjoy spending time doing pretty much anything outdoors, dancing contra or blues, working on organizing and advocacy projects, and hanging out with my loved ones and cat.