Our Staff
Dr. Martha Okafor

Dr. Okafor is the Director of Behavioral Health at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine and an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Community Health and Preventive Medicine Department. Dr. Okafor is a Co-Principal Investigator on a National Institute of Health [NIH], National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparity funded grant designed to improve resiliency, attachment, and social-emotional and early brain development among children between the ages of 0-8 years. She recently developed the national performance metrics for the U.S. Assistant Secretary’s Office of Minority Health to guide the national Action Plan for health equity. She has developed many post-graduate programs and curricula, including a Masters in Public Health program and curricula that are accredited for implementation on 88 campuses in the U.S. and Masters in Public Administration programs with concentrations on Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness. She functioned as the Georgia State Deputy Public Health Officer until March 2009 and as the second in command officer for the Georgia State Child Welfare and Social Services agency. She has directed public health, mental health, Medicaid, child welfare, and social services programs at state and local levels in Connecticut and Georgia. She participates in the development of national agenda for addressing health disparities in the U.S., under President George Bush and President Obama’s administration. She conducts research on public and community health, culture, behavioral health, healthcare management, child welfare, health systems, healthy marriage and family support among African Americans. She holds a Ph.D. in Medical Anthropology, Health Care Management and Social Sciences, and is certified in strategic management.