Ifeyinwa Asiodu, PhD, MS
University of California, San Francisco
RISE Cohort 6
My interest in the infant feeding and perinatal health disparities developed out my clinical, graduate, and personal experiences. I strongly believe, life and health outcomes should not be determined or defined by one’s race, geographical location, income level, or environment. Hence, achieving racial and health equity has been an integral part to my clinical practice and program of research. My clinical career and research agenda have been greatly influenced by the perinatal health disparities experienced by African American women and their infants. I first learned of the severe maternal and infant health disparities impacting the African American community as a research assistant on a CenteringPregnancy Study at UCSF. I was both shocked and saddened to read about the limited access to healthcare services and resources in African American communities, and high rates of infant and maternal mortality, preterm birth, poverty, and violence. These disparities and inequities motivated me to seek out a Public Health Nurse position with the Black Infant Health Project in San Mateo, California. As a public health nurse within this program, I witnessed firsthand the impact of these devastating disparities and inequities and the resiliency of the African American community.