Ujuoñu "Uju" Nwizu

Health Equity and Justice Manager

Ujuoñu "Uju" Nwizu serves as the Health Equity and Justice Manager at The Alliance. They are an educator and facilitator with more than ten years of experience spanning work in community engagement, health disparities research, training and development, and policy and advocacy. Prior to the Alliance, Uju served as the Co-Director of the Oregon Health Equity Alliance (OHEA), a regional health equity coalition focused on advancing health equity policies and practices grounded in racial justice. Before OHEA, Uju primarily worked in sexual and reproductive health and justice with a focus on improving access to HIV prevention education and tools within communities of color, youth communities, and immigrant communities. They are currently pursuing their MPH at UCLA and have a BA in Africana Studies from Cornell University.

Much of Uju's work is inspired by their personal and community's experiences navigating systemic barriers to health and wellness in and outside of the clinic room. They envision a world where everyone can live full and healthy lives bolstered by love, creativity, collective care, and self-determination. Uju is invested in uplifting and actualizing community-defined and driven solutions towards creating this world. In their off time, you can find Uju watching suspenseful thrillers, creating art outdoors, and sitting near the ocean in deep contemplation.