E. Uzoamaka Aneke-Gratia, MPH, RN, is a second-year Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) student at Yale University School of Nursing. Prior to her enrollment at Yale, Ms. Aneke-Gratia was an Alcohol and Drug Research Associate for the National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) in Washington, DC. Ms. Aneke-Gratia often worked on research and data aggregation for the organization and helped various prevention teams in meeting long-term goals and objectives focused on targeted efforts (workforce development, opioid prevention, marijuana prevention). During this time, she completed her master’s in Public Health/Epidemiology at the University of South Florida.
Ms. Aneke-Gratia received her bachelor’s in Health Science with a Public Health concentration in 2011 from Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York. In the fall of that year, she began her SAMHSA/CSAP Fellowship with the Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health in Delaware. During that time, Ms. Aneke-Gratia supported the state prevention team in managing the community-based organizations providing substance use prevention services to the city of Wilmington, and to New Castle, Kent, and Sussex counties. Ms. Aneke-Gratia also strongly supported the state’s general prevention and the Fetal Alcohol Task Force and assisted in statewide campaigns focused on underage drinking prevention initiatives.
An avid proponent of therapy, her goal is to offer low-cost therapy to communities of color and raise awareness of the role therapy can play in improving everyday life.