Public Health Advisor
Deborah Oluwashina is a Public Health Advisor- Government Project Officer at The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services
Administration (SAMHSA). She is from Houston, Texas, and comes from a large Nigerian
She is passionate about women's health and bridging the gap in inequalities seen across communities both nationally and globally. She obtained her Bachelor's degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health from Texas Woman's University. She also obtained
her Master of Public Health degree at Drexel University- Dornsife School of Public Health with a
concentration in Maternal & Child Health and Global Health.
In the past, she worked with the State of Michigan as an Epidemiologist and helped implement the COVID-19 approaches and responses in communities across Michigan during the pandemic. She also worked as a Program Manager and Grants Specialist at a non-profit organization called IGA Caring Arms where she coordinated programs and services that served various communities in Houston, TX.
One of the highlights of her career is founding a nonprofit organization called Women in
Healthcare with a vision to promote, inspire, and empower women to maximize their potential in
every aspect of healthcare. She uses all of these experiences to be at the forefront of our
nation’s public health response and to the various crises our nation faces. She works alongside
leaders in the federal government to make an impact on the programs, policies, and laws that
improve and promote public health.
Deborah spoke on DEI In Public Health: Strategizing toward balanced mental health