Alumni Spotlight

 

Health Services Research Doctoral Program Alumni

 

 

2020 Changemakers in Family Planning Awardee, Dr. Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye 

 

 

 

Congratulations to Health Services Research (HSR) alumna, Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., MPH. Dr. Olorunsaiye, along with other accomplished scholars of color, has been awarded the Society of Family Planning Research Fund (SFPRF), 2020 Changemakers in Family Planning Grant. SFPRF seeks to build and support an inclusive, multidisciplinary, skilled, and well-connected community with a shared focus on family planning. The aim of the Changemakers in Family Planning grant award is to provide dedicated support for scholars of color to develop their skills and leadership in the field of family planning research. Awardees will be granted support related to research interests, skills development, mentorship, and networking. Dr. Olorunsaiye is currently an Assistant Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania. Her research interests includes maternal health, global health, and sexual and reproductive health. Congratulations, Dr. Olorunsaiye! 

 

 


Dr. Elijah Onsomu

Graduation Year: 2010

What was your research focus during the program?

Epidemiology of HIV/AIDS. Specifically, I examined factors associated with high-risk sexual behavior and their implications for public health and policy on HIV/AIDS.

Current position, place of employment, and brief description of role?

Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Winston-Salem State University (WSSU).

I primarily teach in the graduate nursing programs where I also advise and mentor students in the DNP Capstone Project and Thesis for the MSN-PhD WSSU-Duke University Bridge to Doctorate Program. I also serve as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Best Practices in Health Professions Diversity: Research, Education and Policy (J Best Pract Health Prof Divers) currently in its 11th year. It is housed in the School of Health Sciences and published by UNC Press.

What was the most important/valuable thing you learned during your doctoral program?

The process of research and what it entails to be a Health Services Researcher. The research method, statistical courses, and epidemiology were the most valuable. I received a well-rounded training that has allowed me to be effective in the day-to-day work that I do as a professor.

What is your favorite memory of being a doctoral student?

The diversity of student academic disciplines represented in the Health Services Research program such as Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Public Health, Gerontology, Health Administration, Exercise Science, Public Administration, Economics among others made learning very interesting and presented unique ways of solving problems. Also, the support network among students and faculty such as academics, mentoring, attending conferences, social outings are all good memories I have from the program. Opportunities and support were always made available for students, which are things I will always be grateful for as a full-time student during that time.

Dr. Elizabeth Radcliff (Beth)

Graduation Year: 2014

What was your research focus during the program?

Access to care/vulnerable children/birth defects

Current position, place of employment, and brief description of role?

Research Assistant Professor at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina. I coordinate the Maternal Child Health research at the SC Rural Health Research Center.  In addition to research that explores Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and other MCH issues, I oversee several evaluations for statewide programs serving at-risk mothers and children.

What was the most important/valuable thing you learned during your doctoral program?

HSR: how to synthesize and interpret information.  Practical: how to code in SAS.  Most important: how to sustain and enjoy my family and faith during the doctoral program.

What is your favorite memory of being a doctoral student?

The camaraderie of getting through challenging coursework together and the friendships that have lasted beyond graduation.

Fun fact about you? 

I’ve been able to use the skills I learned in the doctoral program to help in the monitoring and evaluation of two programs that support vulnerable children in southern and east Africa.  I’ve also taken up running and pottery since finishing school – it’s rewarding to find what you can do with a little extra time each day!

 

 

 

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