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Episode #164 Interview With Araba Assan, MPH, Health Equity Advocate

Updated: Oct 12


Interview With Araba Assan, MPH, Health Equity Advocate


Araba Assan is an early career public health professional who works at a non-profit public health organization evaluating programs related to tobacco control and prevention and asthma management. Araba has experience in mental health education and maternal child health research. She has always been passionate about public health, and has been a fierce advocate on issues related to health equity and racial justice. Araba chose public health as a career to help eliminate health disparities and inequities among vulnerable populations. Listen to the full episode to learn more about Araba and her public health career journey.


About Araba Assan, MPH


Araba Assan is an early career public health professional who received both her Master of Public Health and B.S. in Public Health degrees from Montclair State University and is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).


Araba has two-years of experience in mental health education and programming in higher education institutions and three-years of experience in maternal child health research improving birth outcomes for Black women and women of color.


Araba had the opportunity to work with the March of Dimes Office of Health Equity creating a comprehensive literature review on the social determinants of health screening tools for healthcare professionals to use for quality improvement purposes.


She also co-wrote a one-pager for the March of Dimes on the Health Disparities Resource Guide (HDRG) for professionals working in maternal child health to improve birth and maternal outcomes.


Araba currently works at a non-profit public health organization evaluating programs related to tobacco control and prevention and asthma management.


Araba has always been passionate about public health, and has been a fierce advocate on issues related to health equity and racial justice.


This has led her to become the co-chair of the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education’s new initiative: Racial Justice and Health Equity (RJHE) Advocacy sub-committee.


This committee provides advocacy opportunities to the New Jersey Society for Public Health Education’s members interested in health equity work.


Araba chose public health as a career to help eliminate health disparities and inequities among vulnerable populations.


Her research interests include: HIV/AIDS and health equity, improving maternal child health outcomes for Black women and women of color, and mental illness in communities of color.


I’m excited for you to hear my interview with Araba so that you can learn more about her.


Listen to the Podcast Episode



Araba Assan's Career Advice To Students

  • Get involved in research opportunities with professors

  • Start writing your resume

  • Attend webinars/workshops on writing reports for funders

  • Look into what areas of public health you are interested in


Araba Assan's Career Advice To Graduates

  • Network!!! (i.e. social media, conferences, professional organizations)

  • Re-vamp resume/CV and practice interviewing

  • Attend trainings for professional development

  • Find a mentor

  • Patience!


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