Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts

Hampton & Peninsula Health Districts' Leadership

Dr. Natasha Dwamena, MD, MPH, FACOG

Michelle Cowling

Chief Operations Officer


Chief Medical Officer

Christopher Layton

Business Manager

Nicole Taylor-Baptiste, MHA, MSN, RN

Senior Nurse Manager

Mary Wainwright, MS, REHS

Environmental Health Manager

Irene Ferrainolo, MPH

Population Health Manager

Leigh Jacques, MPH

Epidemiologist - Hampton

Cynthia Rieken, MPH

Epidemiologist - Peninsula

Angela Hawkins-King

Acting WIC Program Coordinator - Hampton

Laura Mulryan, RDN

WIC Program Coordinator - Peninsula

About Us

Two health districts serving the residents of the Cities of Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and the Counties of James City and York.

Our Mission: Our mission is to protect the health and promote the well-being of all people on the Virginia Peninsula.

Our Vision: The Virginia Department of Health focuses on healthy people in healthy communities with of vision to “become the healthiest state in the nation.”  The Hampton/Peninsula Health District adopted as their own to “become the healthiest cities and counties in the state.”

Our Values: Our work is guided by these core values: service; equity; and data informed decision-making.

Service: We value our role as crucial service providers to the people on the Virginia Peninsula and take pride in the quality of the service delivered.

Equity: We value the right of every citizen to receive equitable services from us free of discrimination.

Data Informed Decision-Making:  We value the use to accurate and unbiased data to guide us in defining needs, setting and prioritizing goals, planning programs and services, and monitoring progress.


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