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Adeoluwa Ayoola

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Better Health Through mHealth

Service to others was an important family value handed down to Adeoluwa Ayoola from her father, a pastor, and her mother, a nursing professor. To Ayoola, working in health care has always seemed like the ideal way to live this principle.

But as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, Ayoola saw that good health wasn’t just a matter of good genetics or following doctors’ orders. Interning for a nonprofit focused on improving the quality of life in predominantly black, low-income neighborhoods in south and west Chicago, she saw that residents’ health was tied to many factors beyond their control, such as access to healthy activity spaces, educational opportunities, hospitals, and food.

“We all deserve a world where we have the opportunity to succeed, where we experience our best chance at a healthy life, and where we are defined by our character, rather than our circumstances, social identity, or place of birth.”

Later, as a medical student, Ayoola joined a research project that evaluated a free mobile app teaching Ugandan medical students emergency medicine through videos and demonstrations. It gave her hope that mobile health interventions might help solve some health care access problems around the globe.

In her MPH program, she plans to continue learning more about mHealth as a way to improve access to information on healthy living.

“We all deserve a world where we have the opportunity to succeed, where we experience our best chance at a healthy life, and where we are defined by our character, rather than our circumstances, social identity, or place of birth,” she says.

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FROM
Grand Rapids, Michigan

DEGREES
BS, Biological Chemistry, University of Chicago, 2018; Medical student, Stanford University School of Medicine, Graduation anticipated 2023

PURSUING
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