Tainayah Thomas, MPH, is a 4th year doctoral student at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and International Studies from the University of Miami and her Master of Public Health in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Throughout her academic career she has focused on the health of minorities throughout the world. In the past, she has worked on various research projects and public health programs targeting Caribbean immigrants, African Americans, Latinos and vulnerable populations in West Africa. Ms. Thomas is committed to working within communities to promote improved behaviors and increased access to evidence-based health programs for healthier communities. Her research interests includes diabetes prevention and self-management, men’s health, health disparities, and implementation science. Ms. Thomas was previously a photojournalist for her hometown newspaper and enjoys international travel in her free time.