About the Founder

Ndidiamaka N. Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH, CHES



Dr. Amutah-Onukagha received her PhD in Public Health with a focus on Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland, College Park School of Public Health in 2010. She received her Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services in Maternal and Child Health in 2005. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and it specifically examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also received a BS in Public Health and BA in Africana Studies from Rutgers, The State University of NJ.

Originally from Trenton NJ, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha has a long standing commitment to public health that spans over 10 years of Public Health experience. Her current research interests include health disparities, reproductive health, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in ethnic minority populations. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is a member of the American Public Health Association and is currently a councilor and committee chair  in the Maternal and Child Health section. Additionally, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha holds membership on the Board of Trustees for The Women’s Collective, is an active member of Delta Omega, Omega chapter public health honor society, and is a former President of The Society of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI)

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also holds membership in the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), the International Society for Urban Health (ISUH), Big Brothers, Big Sisters of American, Association and the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Research.

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is a Certified Health Education Specialist .She has taught courses on Program Planning and Evaluation, Research Methods, Adolescent Health, and Minority Women’s Health. Dr. Amutah has worked as a researcher in community-based research settings in a variety of areas including maternal and child health, health disparities, and HIV/AIDS. She has published and presented both domestically and internationally in the area of HIV/AIDS and infant mortality in urban communities.

Formerly, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha completed the Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellowship at Morgan State University. Her research study titled DRUMMing Up Data: A Maternal and Child Health Community Based Participatory Research focused on examining the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City.

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha began her tenure track career as an  Assistant Professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Public Health. Recently tenured and promoted, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is currently an Associate Professor at Tufts University in the School of Medicine.  In this capacity her research focuses on health equity, health disparities, adverse birth outcomes and HIV/AIDS in women of color.

As an evaluator and project manager, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha has conducted evaluation work for organizations such as the March of Dimes, the Partnership for Maternal and Child Health of Northern New Jersey, and Rutgers The State University of NJ.