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Lola Adedokun, M.P.H.

Program Director for Child Well-Being and Director for the African Health Initiative

Lola Adedokun is the program director for child well-being and director for the African Health Initiative. Since joining the foundation in 2007, she has contributed to leading and shaping the the strategy and management of the African Health Initiative. In 2014, she also became the program director for child well-being to promote children's healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect in the United States. The Child Well-being Program has adopted a public health approach that takes a whole family lens as a strategy to promote children's healthy development, prevent maltreatment, and ally with communities to create improved and more equitable outcomes for their children. 

Prior to her work at the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, she worked as an analyst at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, where she was responsible for management and analysis of HIV/AIDS surveillance data. Earlier in her career, she served as an analyst at Abt Associates Inc., assisting in the implementation of several federally funded impact evaluations related to HIV/AIDS programming and research-capacity building—both domestically and internationally. She currently serves on the Board of SI360 and the Brooklyn-based Explore Schools network. 

Adedokun earned a bachelor’s degree in health policy and sociology from Dartmouth College and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.