Maternal and Child Health (MCH) PhD Alumnas Dr. Ndidi Amutah has been named the new President of the Society for the Analysis of African American Public Health Issues (SAAPHI).
Dr. Amutah has served SAAPHI in numerous capacities over the past two years. She has served as a member of the scientific symposium that has reviewed abstracts for the annual meeting, chair of the fundraising-finance committee, and member of the membership committee. As President, she will focus on positioning SAAPHI within the larger governance of APHA, recruiting and retaining younger public health professionals, strengthening collaborations with other Public Health organizations, and expanding the financial resources of SAAPHI. Dr. Amutah received her PhD in Maternal and Child Health at the University of Maryland in 2010. Her dissertation focused on infant mortality in Washington, DC and specifically examined neighborhood level disadvantage, social determinants of health, and race/ethnicity as predictors of infant mortality. Dr. Amutah was a Kellogg Community Health Scholar post-doctoral fellow at Morgan State University where she examined the family planning practices, beliefs, and aptitude for women ages 18-45 in Baltimore City. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences at Montclair State University.