Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha

Professor, Health Advocate & Consultant 



Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Julia A. Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health in the  Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine.  Her current research interests include maternal health disparities, reproductive health and social  justice, infant mortality and HIV/AIDS in Black women. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also serves as  the inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Public Health and  Professional Degree Programs.  

Ndidiamaka is the Principal Investigator of two multi-year studies on maternal mortality and  morbidity, an R01 funded by National Institutes of Health and an interdisciplinary grant on  health equity funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of  the MA-COVID 19 Maternal Equity Coalition and was honored with the American Public  Health Association’s Maternal and Child Health Section’s Young Professional of the Year  Award in 2019. She is in the 2020-2021 class of the top 40 under 40 Minority Leaders in  Healthcare, an annual award given out by the National Minority Quality Forum. Ndidiamaka is a  life-long member of the American Public Health Association and is currently the co-chair of the  Perinatal and Women’s Health committee in the Maternal and Child Health section. Dr. Amutah Onukagha also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Women’s Health Issues, and as a  board member for the Neighborhood Birth Center in Boston, and the National Women’s Health  Network. A nationally known speaker, her work has been featured in The Atlantic, The Lancet and most recently, as a TedX speaker. 

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Founder and Director of the Maternal Outcomes for Translational  Health Equity Research Lab, (MOTHER) a research lab comprised of 35 students from  undergrad to postdoc with a keen interest in reducing maternal health disparities as experienced  by Black women. 

A well published author, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha has over 45 manuscripts, 5 book chapters, a  best-selling book on Amazon, and a textbook on culturally responsive evaluation. She lives in  MA with her husband and two sons.

TOPICS: Health, Women & Girls of Color, Race 

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