FEATURED STUDENT - December 2018

SPOTLIGHT
Chizoba Anyimukwu, MPH

Meet Ms. Chizoba Anyimukwu, MPH, a second-year doctoral student in the Department of Behavioral & Environmental Health at the newly accredited School of Public Health (SPH) at Jackson State University (JSU). Chizoba earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Honors) from Teesside University, United Kingdom (an affiliate program with MAHSA University, Malaysia) where she graduated top of her class with a 1st Class Honors (Summa Cum Laude equivalent). She also completed a Master of Public Health with a 4.0 CGPA in Behavioral Health and Health Education at Tennessee State University (TSU), Nashville, Tennessee.

While at TSU, Chizoba accepted an internship with the Tennessee Department of Health, in the Office of Minority Health and Disparities Elimination.  The internship afforded Ms. Anyimukwu with a unique opportunity to  develop toolkits for promoting statewide awareness of Sickle Cell Disease, Human Papilloma Virus, and Cervical Cancer. Chizoba also served as a Graduate Assistant (GA) with the Tennessee State University Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed). Shortly after graduation from TSU, Chizoba was hired to serve as the TSU SNAP-Ed Program Evaluation and Curriculum Coordinator. As the first program evaluator, she developed the current evaluation system used by the TSU SNAP-Ed program. It is not surprising that Chizoba developed a deep passion for programmatic research related to food insecurity and childhood obesity prevention within the context of SNAP-eligible families and neighborhoods that have limited or no access to evidence-based nutrition education programs.  After a year into her position, Ms. Anyimukwu applied for admission to the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH) program of study in the newly established School of Public Health at Jackson State University, was offered admission, and subsequently moved to Jackson, Mississippi in August 2017.

Chizoba is now a full-time student and Graduate Assistant in the Department of Behavioral & Environmental Health. She is a also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key Honor Society, American Public Health Association (APHA), Delta Society of Public Health Educators (Delta SOPHE) and Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA). Chizoba is a budding public health scholar-practitioner who is clearly On the Move! In 2018, she published several co-authored papers in refereed journals,  co-authored  two poster presentations for the 2018 Delta SOPHE conference, one presentation  at the 2018 Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) conference, and two papers a the  2018 APHA conference in San Diego, CA. Chizoba is also the social media manager for HimPower (an online Christian magazine) where she writes inspirational articles that integrate public health education and spirituality. Locally, Chizoba is a servant-leader with  the hospitality team at Word of Life Church in Mississippi.

Chizoba, a native of Nigeria, grew up in Onitsha, a semi-urban area in South East, Nigeria where people are marginalized, vulnerable and have limited resources. Maternal health is a major public health problem and food scarcity is part of daily living---families that can eat three meals a day are rare. The fragile health and health care infrastructure does not support health education for the masses and access to quality health care is often non-existent, except for the affluent.