January 23, 2012

Dr. Ndidiamaka (Ndidi) N. Amutah, an alumna of the University of Maryland School of Public Health and a current Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellow at Morgan State University, was appointed to serve on the advisory committee for the health disparities interest group of Academy Health, a national organization focused on health policy and health services research.

Dr. Amutah received her PhD in family science at Maryland in 2010. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. As a Kellogg scholar, she is working on a project titled DRUMMing Up Data, a maternal and child health community based participatory research project focusing on the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City.

In addition to her new role with Academy Health, Dr. Amutah is the president elect for the Society for African American Public Health Issues, an organization affiliated with the American Public Health Association, and is a featured member of the Emerging Scholars Interdisciplinary Network.

Dr. Amutah also spent two years as an ASPH/HRSA Fellow from 2006 to 2008, working with the Health Careers Opportunity Program.