CARTEEH researcher Inyang Uwak, MD, attended the annual American Public Health Association (APHA) Meeting and Expo in San Diego, California, November 10–14, 2018. Over 12,000 public health professionals participate in the seminars, town halls, and poster sessions. Dr. Uwak presented a poster on her study “Traffic Related Air Pollution (TRAP) Exposures from Border Crossings: Assessing Affected Populations in El Paso, Texas.” The project will characterize population and environmental exposure, monitor personal exposure with backpack and bracelet devices, and collect biological markers.
Dr. Uwak is a doctoral candidate in epidemiology and environmental health at the Texas A&M School of Public Health. She has a medical degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, a Master of Public Health degree, and a certificate in environmental and occupational health both from The John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She has worked as a primary care physician, research assistant, and currently, graduate assistant for research.
Inyang Uwak’s medical practice evolved from primary care to public health. When asked about the change, she said, “Primary care allows the care of one person at a time. Public health allows me to impact communities, and therefore, millions at a time.”