Congratulations to HELI 2016 alumna Dr. Olihe Okoro on her promotion to associate professor with tenure in the Department of Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Minnesota-Duluth!
Since her practice experiences that began in a rural HIV clinic in Nigeria, Olihe Okoro, PhD, MPH, MPharm, has developed a community-engaged, public health research program focused on addressing health disparities that affect health and health outcomes in Black communities. Her research focuses on investigating causes and implementing interventions to address HIV morbidity and mortality in the African immigrant population in the U.S.; chronic health conditions, health care access and quality of care in the African-American community; and cultural competency and diversity in health care professional education.
Additionally, Dr. Okoro was recently named a McKnight Presidential Fellow at the University of Minnesota! This program is a three-year award given to exceptional faculty who have recently been considered for tenure and promotion to associate professor, to recognize their excellence in research and scholarship, leadership, potential to build top-tier programs, and ability to advance University of Minnesota priorities. View her Dean’s announcement here.
Dr. Okoro shared, “the [UW-CCHE hosted] Advancing Health Equity & Diversity (AHEAD) sessions I attended as a HELI alum were strategic in helping me seek out mentorship that significantly helped me build my research portfolio in health disparities research.”
Congratulations & best wishes, Olihe!