Members of the Arcadia community presented at the 2019 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo, themed “Creating the Healthiest Nation: For science. For action. For health,” which took place in Philadelphia from Nov. 2 to 6.
Four faculty members from the Public...
Comfort Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health at Arcadia University, earned her doctorate degree in Health Services Research from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She also received an MPH in Maternal and Child Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B. Pharmacy degree from Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria.
As a population health researcher, Dr. Olorunsaiye’s primary interest is in maternal and child health disparities, specifically focusing on understanding the impact of social, cultural and economic inequalities on maternal and child health outcomes. Her expertise in health program evaluation lends itself to her interest in implementation research with the goal of identifying what components of interventions work, how they work, under what conditions they work, and how interventions are adapted in different contexts. Her research interests span the topics of maternal health care; interventions promoting child survival including vaccination and integrated services; sexual and reproductive health; domestic violence; adolescent health, including HPV vaccination and prevention of teenage pregnancy; and family planning.
Prior to joining the faculty at Arcadia University, Dr. Olorunsaiye was a Technical Advisor in the Health Unit at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Headquarters in New York City. At IRC, she led the development, implementation and evaluation of several child immunization and integrated interventions in humanitarian and fragile countries. In addition, Dr. Olorunsaiye co-implemented formative and impact evaluation studies in these settings. Her prior experience includes a Post-Doctoral Evaluation Fellowship in the Global Immunization Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. In this role, she led the development and implementation of the evaluation plan for a multi-year U.S. Government-funded Global Health Security program to develop a sustainable platform for the introduction of second-year-of-life immunization services in low resource settings, using Ghana as a model.