Dr. Shiyanbola Joins CCHE Leadership Team

The UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Olayinka Shiyanbola as an Associate Director!

Olayinka Shiyanbola, PhD, BPharm, is an Associate Professor in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division of the School of Pharmacy. She is a UW Health Equity Leadership Institute alum, a NIH Mixed Methods Research Training Program Scholar, a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Institute Scholar, and a NHLBI/OBSSR Behavioral Clinical Trial Fellow. She completed an ICTR KL2 Career Development Award, and has received ICTR Pilot Project Awards in support of her important research to develop and implement educational, psychosocial and behavioral interventions to improve medication use, and diabetes self-management among underserved populations.

Dr. Shiyanbola is currently an appointed member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Roundtable on Health Literacy due to her nationally recognized scholarship in the area of health literacy. She leads the Shiyanbola Research Group in the School of Pharmacy.

As an Associate Director, Dr. Shiyanbola will enhance CCHE’s health equity workforce development portfolio and contribute to ICTR’s diversity, equity and inclusion goals.  She will collaborate with other ICTR and CCHE faculty and staff to expand the career development portfolio for early stage investigators who are underrepresented in clinical and translational research.  Dr. Shiyanbola will also lend her experiences in establishing Community Peer Partners in diabetes research to a newly developing segment of CCHE’s portfolio to advance the utilization of Community Health Workers in community engaged research teams.

CCHE Director Dorothy Farrar-Edwards shares, “I’m delighted to welcome Dr. Shiyanbola to our CCHE and ICTR teams! We’ve collaborated with her for many years and her skills, experience, and leadership will strengthen our capacity to make positive impacts in health equity. The Community Health Worker endeavors are particularly exciting and so relevant to our ongoing COVID challenged environments.”

“I was happy to accept CCHE’s leadership invitation,” says Dr. Shiyanbola. “I’ve maintained connection with CCHE team members over the years and gained invaluable insights to navigate academic health sciences settings and have received ongoing support for my community work. I’m eager to help shape the Center’s portfolio and work alongside the Center’s excellent team.”