Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha, PhD, MPH

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha

Founder and Director of Black Maternal Health Conference

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Julia A. Okoro Professor of Black Maternal Health in the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her current research interests include maternal health disparities, reproductive health and social justice, infant mortality, and HIV/AIDS in Black women. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also serves as the inaugural Assistant Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Public Health and Professional Degree Programs.

Ndidiamaka is the Principal Investigator of two multi-year studies on maternal mortality and morbidity, an R01 funded by the National Institutes of Health and an interdisciplinary grant on health equity funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Additionally, she is a member of the MA-COVID 19 Maternal Equity Coalition and was honored with the American Public Health Association’s Maternal and Child Health Section’s Young Professional of the Year Award in 2019. She is in the 2020-2021 class of the top 40 under 40 Minority Leaders in Healthcare, an annual award given out by the National Minority Quality Forum. Ndidiamaka is a life-long member of the American Public Health Association and is currently the co-chair of the Perinatal and Women’s Health committee in the Maternal and Child Health section. Dr. Amutah-Onukagha also serves on the editorial board for the Journal of Women’s Health Issues, and as a board member for the Neighborhood Birth Center in Boston, and the National Women’s Health Network.

Dr. Amutah-Onukagha is the Founder and Director of the Maternal Outcomes for Translational Health Equity Research Lab, (MOTHER) a research lab comprised of 35 students from undergrad to postdoc with a keen interest in reducing maternal health disparities as experienced by Black women.

A well-published author, Dr. Amutah-Onukagha has over 50 manuscripts, 6 book chapters, a best-selling book on Amazon, and a textbook on culturally responsive evaluation. She lives in MA with her husband and two sons.

More information on Dr. Amutah-Onukagha can be found at www.ndidiamutahphd.com.


Judith Jeanty, MPH

Black Maternal Health Conference Coordinator

Judith Jeanty, MPH, is from New Jersey where she received her Bachelor of Science from Montclair State University and her Master’s in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health and Prevention from Drexel University. She was previously a program management officer at the New Jersey Department of Health where she managed statewide doula-funded programs. Her research interests include Maternal and Child Health, health disparities, and reproductive health specifically amongst Black women and low-income communities. She is passionate about increasing access to doula services and achieving health equity. She is the Project Manager working directly under Dr. Ndidiamaka Amutah-Onukagha.


Conference Chairs:

Marline D. Edmond, M.A., MCHES®, Social Media & Marketing Manager Consultant

Simone Johnson, Volunteer

Tiffany Vassell, RN Volunteer


Special thanks to our Student Planning Committee Members:

Ryiah Barnes, Volunteer

Dorotea “Tia” Belotte, Volunteer

Alyashanti Green, Volunteer

Megan Lam, Volunteer

Lily Schneider, Volunteer

Lily Snape, Volunteer

Maeva Veillard, Volunteer

Leadership Chairs