Multicultural AIDS Coalition-Boston - Staff Member
Boston Young Healthcare Professionals (BYHP) - Member
African Community Center of Lowell - Volunteer
Agatha Adigwe obtained a Master of Public Health from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in 2020 and delved into her first PCORI projects during the heart of the COVID-19 pandemic. She became the project coordinator for two PCORI engagement awards and completed a CITI Social and Behavioral Educational certificate program for guidance and certification on ethically engaging human subjects in research. Project partners and consultants also had to complete the same training to begin the project. For Adigwe, working with a diverse group of stakeholders representing the health landscape of African immigrants in New England and other states across the United States has been intense, with many "Aha!" moments. Partners have had to think outside the box and adapt various culturally appropriate strategies to recruit project participants, collect data, and disseminate results as well so as to ensure these activities reach their target population. In both projects, trust has come up as a necessity for the community and Adigwe has found it fascinating integrating that into other project activities, including developing research questions. Because this population is underrepresented in research, Adigwe looks forward to working more with them so they become major stakeholders in health research by learning broadly about patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research, and how their diverse research interests have impacted target communities. As a PCORI Ambassador, Adigwe aims to network with industry professionals and policymakers who are interested in collaborating with this population to promote their overall health and wellness, and to develop her skills in community health research and patient advocacy efforts.
Involvement with PCORI
Project Coordinator/Manager - Engagement Award: Establishing a Patient-Led African Immigrant Health Research Consortium – Project Lead: Chioma Nnaji
Project Coordinator/Manager - Engagement Award: Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Virtual Engagement Methods for African Immigrants - Project Lead(s): Chioma Nnaji and Saida Abdi
Mentorship Program Participant