Research assistants help access the intended audience and pilot test apps
Cynthia Afedi, MSc
Cynthia's passion is researching health actions that reduce maternal and child health inequalities in developing world contexts using innovative health technology. Her background in public health also affords her the skill to evaluate health actions to determine their impact on targeted groups. At the mHealth Impact Lab, she serves as a graduate assistant for the Fit After Baby (FAB) project, where she is responsible for survey design, data collection and logistical deliverables of the study.
Cynthia was the country manager for the Mobile Technology for Community Health (MOTECH) evaluation study in Ghana, West Africa. She obtained her bachelor's degree in biochemistry from KNUST, Ghana, and a MSc in public health policy from Durham University, United Kingdom. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in community and behavioral health at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Xian Brooks, BSPH
Xian Brooks, is from Louisville, KY, where he worked as an LGBT community organizer for seven years, in Central and Eastern Kentucky, assisting in the passage of anti-discrimination laws in rural communities. Xian's interests combine his passion for social justice and health. He is currently conducting research on HPV and cervical cancer, as it relates to transmasculine men, masculine presenting gender non-conformers and gender queers.
At the mHealth Impact Lab, he serves as a research assistant for the A-35 project, and TOP (Teen Outreach Program), where he takes part in data collection and data analysis for program evaluation. Xian has experience in program planning, implementation and evaluation as well as research. During his undergraduate tenure, Xian completed a 2-year fellowship at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, in the Department of Epidemiology, on a study that implemented and evaluated, MyBody MyTest, a home HPV screening protocol for under-screened women in North Carolina. Outside of work and school, Xian likes to travel, bake and add on to his extensive bow tie collection. He graduated from North Carolina Central University, in Durham, NC, with his bachelor's degree in public health. He is currently pursuing his master's in community and behavioral health at the Colorado School of Public Health.
Jessica Reid Bryan
Jessica Reid Bryan is currently a Master's in Public Health graduate candidate with a focus on Maternal and Child Health. Her passion is to support women achieve optimum physical, social and emotional health during pregnancy, birth and the postpartum period. She is a strong advocate for breastfeeding and served as the project coordinator for Mother's Milk Messaging (MMM), a mHealth pilot study to test the efficacy of text messages and social media to encourage higher rates of breastfeeding initiation, exclusivity and duration.
Jessica received a bachelor's degree in International Studies and Spanish from the Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon. She has previously worked in community health clinics, country government offices, and at a local hospital as a translator and doula (labor coach) for monolingual Spanish-speakers giving birth.
Marisol Chavez is currently pursuing her Master's in Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health at the Colorado School of Public Health. Marisol's passion is to decrease health disparities and inequalities among disadvantaged communities through innovative interventions. At the mHealth Impact Lab, she works as research assistant for two adolescent health projects; Teen Outreach Program (TOP) with social media enhancement and the Social Media for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Access, and Justice Project.
During her free time, Marisol enjoys reading a book at the beach in her home state, California.
Nnamdi Ezeanochie, MD, MPH
Nnamdi received his medical training from the University of Nigeria and his MPH from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom. He has worked with various nonprofits in Nigeria and England. He has also been involved with clinical/developmental research in several sub-Saharan countries (Kenya, South Africa, Lesotho), and has vast experience in global health practice.
Presently, he is a DrPH student at the Colorado School of Public Health and works in the mHealth Impact Lab where he is involved in developing mHealth data protocols for several maternal and child health (MCH) program sited in Guatemala and Tanzania. He is also a graduate assistant for the Fit After Baby (FAB) project where his role has centered on developing message contents for the project and helping with the formation of a research protocol for the app evaluation. His research interests include: health technology, systems change health sustainability in conflict settings, and infectious disease control.
Brittany is a research assistant at the mHealth Impact Laboratory, working specifically on the Teen Outreach Program (TOP) and the Rapid Prototyping for HIV Vaccine Delivery study. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology from Middle Tennessee State University and obtained a master of public health in epidemiology from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Brittany's research interests include improving adolescent sexual health, and curbing the opioid prescription epidemic. Outside of research, Brittany enjoys reading, trying new cuisines and exploring the beautiful state of Colorado.
Suzanne Lewis, RN, BSN
Suzanne Lewis will graduate in December 2014 with her Masters in Public Health in Community and Behavioral Health with a Global Health certificate. During the program, she conducted women's health research in Nepal as part of the Global Health Practicum, worked as a student research assistant on the pregnancy prevention and youth development technology project called TOP4ME and completed her Capstone project by assessing teen perceptions of youth friendliness at the Jefferson County Public Health Department clinic. She has nine years of nursing experience, including six years in the U.S. Air Force. She has previously volunteered in Vietnam and has traveled to over 36 countries.
Alice is a second year MS Epidemiology student at the Colorado School of Public Health. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Toronto in mathematics and history. She is passionate about using technology to improve healthcare access, delivery, and research. At the mHealth Impact Lab, Alice works as a student research assistant on the Tanzania Mobile Health Information Technology Initiative, an mHealth program to improve prevention of maternal to child transmission of HIV.
Outside of work, Alice loves reading, art, the outdoors, and traveling.