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Ayo Olagoke


Collaboratory for Health Justice


Ayo A. Olagoke, Ph.D. (c), is a Research Fellow for ChiTracing. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of Community Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She has experience conducting mixed-methods research, as well as quasi and experimental research in health promotion. Her research interest has centered around health communication, infectious diseases, and vaccination using the health equity framework. She also serves as a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Innovations in Chronic, Complex Healthcare (CINCCH) at the Edward Hines JR VA Medical Center. As a result of her passion for health promotion and rural health, she founded Health Disseminate, a not-for-profit organization focused on knowledge transfer in Africa. So far, they have reached more than 15,000 people and have recorded remarkable behavior changes. Her role at Health Disseminate earned her the opportunity to serve as a Media Consultant to the Johns Hopkins Public Health in Nigeria Initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She supervised a radio drama that significantly increased family planning uptake in rural Africa. She has presented at several conferences both within and outside the United States. She has also authored and co-authored 9 peer-reviewed papers. Ayo is very involved in the Chicago contact tracing project through UIC. She has received several scholarships and awards; among them is the highly competitive Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) scholarship in Toronto, Canada. She is married to Ola, a Cardiology Fellow at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and she is a mom to Yami. She enjoys watching documentaries and spending time with her family and friends.