Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Emily Graybill, PhD, NCSP

Second Advisor

Daniel J. Whitaker, PhD


In the United States, Black birthing parents experience high infant and maternal mortality rates. Infants born to Black birthing parents are more likely to be born preterm or at a low birthweight and have poorer health outcomes when compared to their counterparts. Organizations like Mamatoto Village and its programs and services work to address and prevent epigenetic changes which are a significant contributor to the maternal and child health disparities common among Black birthing parents. The evaluation plan provides guidance for the monitoring and evaluation of the Mamatoto Village programs. The plan includes recommendations for collecting data utilizing mixed methods non-experimental concurrent triangulation design, pre- and post-test, and qualitative interviews. If implemented, the results of the evaluation could highlight the impact of Mamatoto Village on maternal and child health outcomes in the District of Columbia’s Prince George’s County and influence the expansion of programming for birthing parents across the United States.


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