Ozi is a Research Associate at Strength in Numbers, supporting the Black Birthing Initiative, a project that aims to address the elevated rates of preterm birth amongst Black birthing people. She is passionate about using her role to promote health and well-being amongst disadvantaged populations and address health disparities.
Prior to her work at Strength in Numbers, she worked at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia on a research project studying national variation in Black preterm birth outcomes across different counties in the United States. She did her undergraduate education at the University of Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Health and Societies, with a concentration in race, gender and health. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Sociomedical Science at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Ozi’s research background is in racial and ethnic disparities in perinatal health outcomes; she is also the founder of the Shea Collective, a space of healing, dialogue and community for people who experience misogynoir.