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Assistant Professor Comfort Z. Olorunsaiye
Arcadia University

Comfort Olorunsaiye, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Public Health at Arcadia University, earned her doctorate degree in Health Services Research from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. As a population health researcher, Dr. Olorunsaiye’s primary interest is in maternal and child health disparities, specifically focusing on understanding the impact of social, cultural and economic inequalities on maternal and child health outcomes. Her expertise in health program evaluation lends itself to her interest in implementation research with the goal of identifying what components of interventions work, how they work, under what conditions they work, and how interventions are adapted in different contexts. Her research interests span the topics of maternal health care; interventions promoting child survival including vaccination and integrated services; sexual and reproductive health; domestic violence; adolescent health, including HPV vaccination and prevention of teenage pregnancy; and family planning. Her prior experience includes a Post-Doctoral Evaluation Fellowship in the Global Immunization Division at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In this role, she led the development and implementation of the evaluation plan for a multi-year U.S. Government-funded Global Health Security program to develop a sustainable platform for the introduction of second-year-of-life immunization services in low resource settings, using Ghana as a model.

Selected Publications:

Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Yusuf, K. K., Harris, A. M.*, & Gaikwad, S.* (2021). Essential newborn care
practices in Benin: Are there differences by birth location? Birth, 48(4), 514-523.

Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Degge, H. M., Ubanyi, T. O., Achema, T. A., & Yaya, S. (2021). “It’s like being
involved in a car crash”: teen pregnancy narratives of adolescents and young adults in Jos,
Nigeria. International Health.

Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Degge, H. M., & Saigh, J. (2021). Association between Source of Treatment and
Quality of Childhood Diarrhea Management among Under-Five Children in Nigeria. International
Journal of Translational Medical Research and Public Health, 5(2), 173-182.

Zegeye, B., Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Ahinkorah, B. O., Ameyaw, E. K., Budu, E., Seidu, A. A., & Yaya, S.
(2021). Individual/Household and Community-Level Factors Associated with Child Marriage in Mali:
Evidence from Demographic and Health Survey. BioMed Research International, 2021.

Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Yusuf, K. K., Reinhart, K*. & Salihu, H. M. (2020). COVID-19 and Child Vaccination: A Systematic Approach to Closing the Immunization Gap. International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS, 9(3), 381-385.

Olorunsaiye, C. Z., Yusuf, K. K., Harris, A. M.*, & Gaikwad, S.* (2020). Association between birth attendant and early newborn care in Senegal. Midwifery, 90, 102804.

Olorunsaiye, C.Z., Harris A.*, Yusuf, K.K. (2020). Characteristics of early newborn care: A descriptive analysis of recent births in Nigeria. International Journal of Maternal and Child Health and AIDS, 9(1), 93.


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