Serwaa Omowale (BCHS ’22), a joint PhD Social Work/MPH student, has been awarded an NIH research supplement from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This diversity supplement will support her work with Dara Mendez (the project's PI) of the Department of Epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.
Omowale’s diversity supplement grant is funded through 2021. Omowale’s work focuses on understanding, addressing, and improving maternal health and birth outcomes among Black women. This grant supports a training opportunity that will provide Omowale with advanced maternal and child health disparities knowledge, analytical skills, and research methodology skills to become an independent researcher in maternal and child health disparities. Her research project will focus on understanding the relationship between stress, discrimination, and adverse birth outcomes.