Current Scholar

Ezinne Nwankwo

PhD Student, Community Health Sciences
Ezinne Nwankwo
Academic Institution: University of California, Los Angeles Location: Los Angeles, California Cohort Start Year: 2018
Research Topics: Immigrants and Refugees, Public, Population, and Community Health
Populations Served: Adults (21-64 years), African-American/Black, Immigrants and Refugees

FOCUS
Everyone in the U.S. should have the opportunity to live a long and healthy life. Currently, anti-immigrant sentiment, policies, and restrictive laws make this realization difficult for some members of our community. Recent immigrants are more likely to live in under-resourced communities, where the economic, social, and physical environments do not support their health and well-being. Ezinne’s research interests center on the migration and immigrant experiences of black and African populations. In the U.S., this group of immigrants is seldom the focus of public health research, and their immigrant experience is rarely the center of public debate. Ezinne believes that her research will shed light on the challenges that immigrants face to integrating into U.S. society, and the impact that these barriers have on health and well-being. She expects that this research will help to identify opportunities for effective immigrant integration policies and programs.

MORE ABOUT EZINNE
Ezinne’s experiences as an immigrant from Nigeria have helped to shape her interests in migration and immigrant health. Over the years, Ezinne has worked with teams on various health-related research projects and programs. She is now excited to focus her work on a topic and population that represent her experiences and those of people in her community.

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