The mothers, the millennials, and the mavens. Changing our communities.
This is our seventh annual unveiling of 50 amazing women who are raising the bar in their communities, serving as beacons of light in their industries, and forcing change for the greater good. Meet this West Virginia Wonder Woman, Emma Morton-Eggleston, and many more that are creating a better West Virginia with their can-do attitudes and Mountain State spirit.
Fighting Diabetes, Promoting Public Health
West Virginia gained a powerful ally in its struggle against diabetes and for better health when Dr. Emma Morton-Eggleston accepted a position at WVU School of Medicine’s Eastern Division in Martinsburg in 2016.
An endocrinologist with a master’s in public health, Eggleston came to us from Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard, where she directed the Division of Endocrinology Pregnancy Program, among other posts. The move brought her and her husband nearer their aging parents in Virginia, and, at the same time, she was energized by WVU’s strong role in addressing diabetes and public health.
Eggleston was named associate vice president of Health Sciences and dean of WVU’s Eastern Campus in 2017. She also directs the university’s Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Health. She’s excited about her team’s work in expanding WVU’s clinical services in the Eastern Panhandle, growing educational programs that will train future health care providers for West Virginia, and deepening community partnerships. “We have some wonderful collaborations that are beginning to bear fruit in health and wellness—working with local farmers and food banks and with local families and birth-to-three organizations,” she says. “We’re also doing a lot with our community partners in substance use and behavioral health. Seeing that build and grow is very exciting.”