We are glad to have Laura Onianwa as the Program Coordinator of Operations, Partnerships, and Learning at the Center for Foodborne Illness Research and Prevention (CFI).
Laura Onianwa earned her B.S. degree from the College of Public Health with a secialization in Sociology at The Ohio State University in August of 2021. There she served as a Student Ambassador for the College of Public Health (SAPH) for two years, assisting with college events and aiding prospective students in learning more about the college. She also worked as a Student Manager at Courtside Cafe/Juice 2, a dining services operation, throughout the entirety of her undergraduate studies. Additionally, in 2020 Laura assisted in the “Ethnic Card and the Commodities Boom in Mexico" research project, where she occupied the role of data visualizer.
For three months during the summer of 2021, Laura assisted the nonprofit organization, Listen Good Youth, with collecting and organizing statistics on crimes within Columbus, Ohio. While simultaneoualy supporting CFI as an Undergraduate Health Communications Intern for her BSPH Captsone Experience, with a focus on health promotion and communication across CFI's Food Safety website and social media platforms. Laura is passionate about Public Health, specifically Health Promotion and the Sociology of Behavior Motivation & Change. For over a year following her student practicum experience with CFI, she continued on as a volunteer. In this position, Laura supported the CFI Communication Team with social media presence, reach, and engagement; and CFI's website through content creation and promotion, ranging from food safety workshops and academic courses, to outreach events and awareness campaigns.
Laura currently assumes the role of Program Coordinator, overseeing the translational research communications for CFI. This includes developing and posting communications with OSU Extension education agents, the CFI website and social media platforms. She is the key person overseeing the transition of Handwashing For Life to CFI’s stewardship. As a previous CFI Intern, we are excited to have Laura join our CFI Management Team full time in October of this year. She will likewise be a great asset to the HP 2030 Norovirus WG focusing on the Education of Handwashing and Employee Illness Reporting Aim.
In her free time, Laura enjoys boxing/sparring, writing her anthology, and improving her aquatic skills.