Risa Nakajima is the Project Manager for the Children’s Dental Health Project. Her primary project is the Perinatal Infant Oral Health Quality Improvement (PIOHQI) Initiative, in which she works closely with the Network and states to improve the oral health of pregnant women and infants.
Prior to joining CDHP, Ms. Nakajima interned at World Vision International and text4baby, where she worked with data and evaluation. With a long-time interest in the dental field, she became passionate about oral health disparities after her AmeriCorps experience serving as a Patient Advocate in a Federally Qualified Health Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
Ms. Nakajima is a recent graduate from The George Washington University, earning a Master of Public Health degree with a concentration in Maternal and Child Health. For her Master’s thesis, she examined the factors associated with oral health behaviors and outcomes of women 30 years and older using the NHANES data. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a minor in Economics from Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.