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ResEARCH Team

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Adedotun Ogunbajo
Director of Research

Adedotun Ogunbajo holds a PhD in behavioral and social health sciences from Brown University, and a MPH and behavioral sciences from Yale University. His research interests are around the intersection of structural barriers and sexual health outcomes among racial and sexual minority communities both in the United States and various Sub-Saharan African countries. He enjoys baked good and television

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Mitchell Brooks
Research Manager

Mitchell Brooks is a research manager for Us Helping Us, People Into Living in Washington, DC. Originally from Florida, Mitchell received his BA from the University of South Florida prior to moving to Upstate New York. He earned his MPH from Binghamton University, where he focused on population health and harm reduction. Broadly, his research examines structural drivers of health inequities among LGBTQ people, with a particular focus on addictive behaviors. Outside of research, Mitchell enjoys reading, exploring museums, and hiking with his partner Grant.

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Alexa Euceda
Research Coordinator

Alexa Euceda is a research coordinator for Us Helping Us, People Into Living in Washington, DC. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Alexa spent 4 years earning her BA in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University. She then moved to Maryland and received her Masters in Clinical Psychological Sciences from the University of Maryland in 2021. Her research interests include addressing disparities regarding diagnosis and intervention among underrepresented populations like LGBTQ+ individuals. In her free time, Alexa enjoys art, kickboxing, and comic movies.

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Raven Ekundayo
Research Assistant

Raven A. Ekundayo is a part of the Research Team for Us Helping Us, People Into Living. Raven and worked in the fields of health and wellness for over a decade, focusing heavily on community outreach, public health work, mental health advocacy, physical fitness, and more. For the past 4 years he’s worked in the field of Mental Health in Atlanta, Georgia, focusing on Queer and Trans young adults who are homeless or in group homes. His passion for research began in 2006 with the creation of his own international online magazine, with he and his journalists covering stories many refused to tell and providing important information to their readers across two continents for five years.

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Jamil Smith
Community Health Worker & PrEP Coordinator

Jamil Smith is currently a Community Health Worker and PrEP Coordinator for Us Helping Us People Into Living Incorporated, a Community Based Organization located in Washington DC. Jamil is a Georgia native that currently resides in the state of Maryland. He has an extensive healthcare background and has worked at several hospitals in the DMV area, such as Georgetown University Hospital as well as George Washington University Hospital. Over the last three years, he has been doing Community Health Work with a focus on HIV care and prevention with employers including VDH as well as the Inova Juniper Program. He has attended Community College as well as University College as a Mass Communications major and a Community Health major. In addition to Community Health Work, Jamil is an actor and producer that enjoys swimming and traveling.