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Shukura Umi

PhD Student

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About 

Shukura (shoe-cor-ra) Ayoluwa Umi (oomee) is a University of Memphis graduate student who began her doctorate program in Health Communication in fall 2018. Her research interest include Maternal and Child Health disparities. For instance, maternal mortality, doula access and how breastfeeding media and social norms impact women of African descent . In Summer 2020, Shukura will work on completing two credentials: 1) for prenatal doula and 2) a certified lactation counselor. Her background includes a Master of Public Health concentrating in social and behavioral sciences. She interned in the Community Health Bureau, Clinical Services Section of the Shelby County Health Department, where she focused on barriers of breastfeeding ; such as going back to work and strives to increase the awareness and education that surrounds the importance of social, peer, partner and employer support for mothers actively breastfeeding in Shelby County, Tennessee. She has work experience in community health, health literacyand education and cancer research. Past projects include working on a PCORI award and two qualitative cancer research studies at The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN. Shukura is currently teaching Oral Communication and will begin teaching Health Communication in the fall 2020. She has also worked as a research assistant to various professors within the department.

She likes to volunteer, engage with community members, read, cook sing, dance, relax, sleep, exercise and travel. She is an accomplished Golden Key Scholar, Advisory Board member for Water for Women Inc, (Non-profit in Sacramento, CA) Secretary for the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition , secretary for the Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition and Community Outreach representative for the Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support (BSTARS).

Education

Master's in Pubic Health (MPH), The University of Memphis
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology , Tuskegee University 

Experience

Project Coordinator with the PCORI award, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN. May 2017-October 2017.

Project Coordinator for Multiple Spokes, The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis,TN. December 2017-July 2018.

Project Coordinator for Breastfeeding in the Workplace , Healthy Shelby, Shelby County Health Department, The University of Memphis and the Shelby County Breastfeeding Coalition. Memphis, TN February 2017-present.

Honors & Awards

Golden Key Honors Society
Top Paper Panel for Training and Development Division for NCA 2018 

Research

Intercultural Communication
Maternal and Child Health Communication
Inter sectional Breastfeeding Images/Narratives