Arika Makena Bridgeman-Bunyoli

Arika Makena Bridgeman-Bunyoli, MPH is an Adjunct Professor at Birthingway, a Project Coordinator for the Community Education Worker Program at the Multnomah County Health Department Community Capacitation Center, an independent researcher, popular educator, a community activist, and mother of two. She is the lead author on It’s in My Veins: Exploring the Role of an Afrocentric, popular education-based training program in the empowerment of African-American and African CHWs in Oregon published in the October 2015 issue of the Journal of Ambulatory Care Management. She has also coordinated many projects serving women and children in Kenya, East Africa as the former Director and Co-Founder of Watoto wa Dunia (Children of the World). She holds a Masters in International Health from Oregon State University and held an Elementary Teacher’s Certificate from Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s from Antioch University, and focused on Multicultural Education with children in the primary grades. She continually focuses her work on the promotion of health equity as well as reproductive and social justice for families and communities of color in Oregon and internationally. Her recent research has focused on understanding the underlying causes of prematurity and low birth weight in African-American communities from the perspectives of African-American midwives, and the development of a new continuing education course for Community Health Workers called Understanding Violence as a Public Health Issue in conjunction with the Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE) team in the Multnomah County Health Department.