Executive Director: Jasmine J. Opusunju, DrPH, MSEd, MCHES, CPH
Dr. Opusunju received her DrPH in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health (Houston) with a minor in Management, Policy, and Community Health and a concentration in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR). She has extensive experience in grassroots community engagement, capacity building, program development and evaluation, coalition development, and advocacy to promote environmental changes essential for facilitating the adoption and maintenance of healthy lifestyles. Dr. Opusunju has spent over 15 years working in health promotion research in various capacities with a particular focus on social justice, health equity, the built environment and childhood obesity, and CBPR. She has also been engaged in research related to body image, patient navigation, and colorectal cancer screening. Her background experience extends from the corporate sector in the international food industry for over 15 years. She is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), has served in various leadership positions (eg. Board Member for the African American Health Coalition; Treasurer, Past President, and Advocacy Committee Chair for the Texas Society for Public Health Education), and is Certified in Public Health (CPH). Dr. Opusunju has been in academia for over 15 years. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at Baylor University and also serves as the Director for the MPH@Baylor (Online) Program. Dr. Opusunju’s personal mission is to leverage resources to reach the communities in need while empowering communities to be engaged in the creation of effective policies and sustainable systems that will promote health equity.
Project Manager: Honora Swain-Ogbonna, PhD, MPH
Dr. Swain-Ogbonna received her PhD in Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences from the University of Texas School of Public Health with a minor in Health Care Management and Epidemiology. She has extensive training in intervention development, implementation, evaluation and community engagement. Dr. Swain-Ogbonna has spent over seven years working on health promotion research, primarily on adolescent sexual health interventions with a focus on decreasing unprotected sexual activity and unwanted pregnancies among underserved minority youth. Her research interests include mental health and well-being as they relate to childhood obesity and adolescent sexual health. She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Howard University and a Master of Public Health degree from Emory University. Dr. Swain currently serves as contributing and graduate faculty for the MPH@Baylor (Online) program. Dr. Swain believes in providing communities with sustainable change that can produce long term changes in behavior that promote optimal health and well-being.
Research Coordinator: Haley Delgado, MPH
Haley Delgado is a Baylor University graduate with a master’s degree in Public Health with an emphasis in Community Health. She also has a degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology from Washington State University. While in Texas, Haley has been heavily involved with the Texas Society for Public Health Education, where she currently serves as President-Elect. The majority of her work has focused on programming for underserved communities in Chicago, San Antonio, Austin, Waco, and the south Texas border. She is passionate about culturally relevant programming and promoting equity to reduce health disparities for immigrant and Latino populations. During her spare time, Haley enjoys spending time with her family and dogs and also enjoys exercising.
Coordinator, Community-Driven Initiatives: Ghia Johnson, MPH
Ghia Johnson is a graduate from Baylor University with a Master of Public Health in Community Health. She received her Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and Pre-Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She also received her community health worker certification through Día de la Mujer Latina, Inc. She currently lives in Houston, Texas and works as the coordinator of community-driven initiatives for CAN DO Houston, a community-based organization that advances healthy living through community-driven solutions. She serves as the graduate executive board member for the Texas Society for Public Health Education (TSOPHE) and seeks to continue her professional growth and networking as she acquires experience in the public health sector. She is pursuing a Doctorate in Public Health to advance and elevate her skills in public health research, program development, implementation, and evaluation. Her future career endeavors include quality leadership and management in community-based public health organizations for under-resourced populations, specifically impacting African American and Hispanic/Latino communities. In her spare time, she enjoys going to hip hop dance classes, working out, traveling, and loving on her precious cat Autumn.