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Mallory Jayroe decided she wanted a career in public health after doing an internship at Arkansas Children’s.
Jayroe was a student at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway when she did the internship, working with teen mothers on a program to reduce sudden infant death syndrome.
After receiving her master’s degree in public health from UCA, she joined the Arkansas Department of Health in 2018 as the behavioral risk factor surveillance system coordinator.
Jayroe, who was born in Georgia and raised in Lonoke, was promoted to epidemiologist in 2019.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, she was lead epidemiologist for the places of worship team, where she helped with guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
She also is the cancer epidemiologist for the state and works with the cancer registry program.
Away from the office, she is on the board of the Arkansas Society for Public Health Education. She also is the president of Generation Zoo, a young professionals group that supports the Little Rock Zoo.
In addition, Jayroe is working on her doctorate in public health at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
“Arkansas is a great state to live in,” she said. “And I just want it to be the best it can be.”