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Aitalohi Amaize

Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

Faculty Advisor: 

Aitalohi (Aita) Amaize MPH BSN RN CEN SANE-A is a PhD candidate in the Department of Health Policy and Management at University of Maryland-College Park's School of Public Health. Formerly a  summer intramural research fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, she is currently a teaching assistant for the Online MPH program in Public Health Practice and Policy and a research assistant in the "Hospital And Public health interdisciPlinarY research" (HAPPY) lab. Her research interests are in health service delivery systems and utilization / access specifically in vulnerable populations that face challenges related to social determinants of health. Other areas of interest are coordination of care, care transitions, use of technology to enhance care management across the care continuum, primary care (particularly health centers), workforce issues (particularly nursing and lay professionals), behavioral health integration, population health, and health system transformation. 

Prior to joining the HAPPY Lab, Aita worked as the RN Clinical Program Manager for the Transition of Care Program at Unity Health Care, Inc., Washington DC's largest Federally-Qualified Health Center. In that position, she led a multi-disciplinary team of Registered Nurses, Community Health Workers, and Case Managers to implement an intensive care management program targeting high hospital utilizers. In 2017, she was part of the National Council for Behavioral Health's Addressing Health Disparities Leadership Program, and was awarded a UMD All-S.T.A.R. fellowship for her work on a rural health assessment of Mid-Shore Maryland communities. She is a former emergency department and forensic nurse with a passion for bettering the conditions of underserved and hypermarginalized populations. She has worked with under-insured women in New York City, homeless persons in Boston, children in The Philippines, and survivors of sexual and intimate-partner violence in D.C. She holds a BA in Psychology from Princeton University (with certificates in Neuroscience and African-American Studies) and an MPH from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health (with certificates in Health Communications and Health Disparities). She received her BSN from The Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as a second-degree NURSE Corps and New Careers in Nursing (NCIN) scholar.

Her dissertation will examine the health service utilization, costs, and related contextual factors for super-utilizers of emergency medical services (EMS) who are also Medicaid beneficiaries in the District of Columbia.

Please click on the links below to view Ms. Amaize's courses:

HLSA770: Continuous Quality Improvement in Healthcare (Fall)

Designed for the health care professional or administrator involved in quality assurance in health care. Course includes historical beginnings, state-of-the-art, voluntary, governmental efforts, and tools to promote quality assurance.

HLSA711: Health Economics and Analysis (Spring)

Provides an analysis of health and health care services as economic goods. Using microeconomic theories, we will examine the behavior of health care providers, consumers, markets, and firms.

Selected Publications

Peer Reviewed Articles

Chen J, Amaize A, Barath D. Evaluating Telehealth Adoption and Related Barriers Among Hospitals Located in Rural and Urban Areas. J Rural Health. 2020 Nov 12. doi: 10.1111/jrh.12534. Epub ahead of print

Nianyang Wang, Amaize A, Chen J. Accountable Care Hospitals and Preventable Emergency Department Visits for Rural Dementia Patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020;00(00):1-6.

Barath D, Amaize A, Chen J. Accountable Care Organizations and Preventable Hospitalizations Among Patients with Depression. [published online ahead of print, 2020 Apr 23]. Am J Prev Med. 2020;S0749-3797(20)30097-0. 

Benjenk I, Buchongo P, Amaize A, Martinez S, Chen J. Overcoming the dual stigma of mental illness and aging: Preparing new nurses to care for the mental health needs of older adults. The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. 2019; 27(7): 664-674. 

Rakhudu MA, Amaize A, Useh U, Maselesele M. Inter and intra professional collaboration in the implementation of problem based learning in nursing education: lesson for South Africa. Life Sci J. 2012;9(4):344–353.

Statistical Briefs

Amaize A (AHRQ), Mistry KB (AHRQ). Emergency Department Visits for Children and Young Adults With Diabetes, 2012. HCUP Statistical Brief #203. April 2016. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Rockville, MD. 


Health Matters: Navigating an Enhanced Rural Health Model for Maryland. College Park, MD: University of Maryland School of Public Health, in partnership with the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis at NORC (University of Chicago), 2017.

  • Simon-Rusinowitz L, Raab C, Amaize A. Technical Report 1: Residents’ Views <pdf>
  • Barath D, Amaize A. Technical Report 6: Mid-Shore Region Characteristics <pdf>

Book Chapters

Amaize A et al. (2018). “A Network Analysis of the GamerGate Movement”. In Golbeck, J. (Ed.) Online Harassment (pp.57-110). New York, NY: Springer International Publishing