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Ask The Executive: An Interview with Dr. Nancy Welch of the Virginia Depart. of Health

Written by  Theresa Kirchner, Ph.D., MBCP, MBCI

Dr. Nancy Welch is a district health director for the Virginia Department of Health. She has served in that role since 1976, first at the Allegheny Health District and currently at the Chesapeake and Western Tidewater Health Districts. Dr. Welch earned her medical degree from Duke Medical Center, and holds both an MBA and a master’s degree in health administration. She is board certified in both pediatrics and preventive medicine, a professor of clinical pediatrics at Eastern Virginia Medical School and a staff member at Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters and Chesapeake Regional Medical Center. Dr. Welch is also a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve and has served in numerous pediatric and preventive medicine clinics, including assignments in Desert Storm, Panama, and the Mojave Desert. Kirchner: Would you please begin by telling us a bit about the Virginia Department of Health and how governmental health organizations, in general,