Karyn Onyeneho, M.S., holds a Master of Science degree in health informatics from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude, in health sciences and management, from Howard University, where she is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in Nutritional Sciences, with a concentration in Nutrigenomics. Her dissertation will focus on examining gene-expressions in the pathophysiology of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus (T2DM) in African-Americans and Africans, who are disproportionately affected by the disease compared to other ethnic groups. She aspires to develop sustainable, patient-centered, comprehensive nutrition interventions that prevent or delay the onset of T2DM and empower at-risk diabetics to adopt healthy dietary patterns to combat the disease. She has been a public service professional in the US federal workforce for almost a decade and was appointed to her current position, Resource Access Administrator, at the National Institutes of Health in 2018. In this role, she manages resource access development, including administration of the Resource Access Board, and contributes to development of the genomics platform for the Precision Medicine Initiative, All of Us Research Program—a national research program established under President Obama’s administration to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease.
Ms. Onyeneho has presented at national and regional conferences, including the 1st CIMPAD Annual Conference in 2016, and recently, was selected as a panelist for the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) 33rd Educational Conference that will be held in 2018 to discuss inclusion, diversity, and equity in the health services workforce. She is co-author of a peer reviewed chapter in the Journal of Mason Graduate Research titled, Functional Requirements of a Web-based Solution to Engage Diabetic Patients, which was published in 2015. In Summer 2018, Ms. Onyeneho was accepted as presenter for the Consortium for International Management, Policy, and Development in Botswana where she discussed the global malnutrition and diabetes plague affecting Botswana and other low- and middle-income countries. She was awarded after winning a student paper competition for her presentation on globalization and nutrition in Botswana to combat diabetes. She is avid in global and community affairs and was also recognized by the Maryland General Assembly in 2017 for her role in community service where she received academic scholarships from both Senator William C. Smith Jr. and Delegate Jheanelle K. Wilkins to support her doctorate studies at Howard University.
In 2016, she spent a year as an Alumni Career Mentor at Howard University, in the Junior Experiential Learning Program, mentoring young men and women, junior undergraduates in the field of health science, who were pursuing degrees to become future physical therapists, registered nurses, and physician assistants. Ms. Onyeneho empowered her students in the JEL Program to reach success through scholarship, which she notes is attributed to her parents who instilled education in her at the earliest stages of her life in being a pathway to success. She continues to be active in Howard University alumni relation events and university activities. She was empowered to help Howard students who aspired to be in her field of health science and in response to Howard’s call for alumni to play a role in investing in the next-generation of researchers, scientists, and leaders. Her efforts with the program were recognized in 2017 and she was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Contributions and Continued Support in the program from Howard University.
Ms. Onyeneho has been engaged with CIMPAD since 2016 when she presented a paper as an undergraduate Howard University student and since this time, was appointed to Program Committee Chair by the CIMPAD President, Dr. Peggy Valentine, to oversee and manage program activities that enrich learning, teaching, and scholarship. Ms. Onyeneho became a Board Member with CIMPAD in 2018 to help advance its mission toward promoting the advancement of knowledge in public policy, public administration, public management, and leadership development among practitioners and academicians in various African countries and the diaspora. Ms. Onyeneho’s volunteer work with non-profits spans from 2012 to date and includes partnerships with CIMPAD; NAHSE; Howard University; USA Science and Engineering Festival; George Mason University; and US Department of Veterans. She holds a professional membership with NAHSE and has held professional memberships in the past with the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA, 2014-2015); American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA, 2014-2015); and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS, 2014-2015).