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Wenimo Okoya, Ed.D.

Wenimo joined JED after 11 years of working in and with schools in communities of color. She started her career as a middle school teacher and after seeing the health disparities that affected her students and their families, she decided to pursue her Master of Public Health at the Columbia Mailman School of Public Health and later an Ed.D. in Health Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, where her research focus was the adoption of trauma sensitive practices in NYC schools. Most recently, she left the Childrens Health Fund where for six years she helped build and run a school-based health program. She has also trained over 1000s of school professionals, presented at various national conferences, and teaches at CUNY Lehman College and Columbia Mailman School of Public Health.

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