Adriana M. Parker, MPH

Project Director, EMERGE
Department of Health Behavior
323D Rosenau Hall
135 Dauer Drive
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Adriana M. Parker, MPH (they/she) is the Project Director for the EMERGE (Engaging Microenterprise for Resource Generation and Health Empowerment) R01 grant under Dr. Larissa Jennings Mayo-Wilson. This project aims to support African-American young adults, aged 18 to 24, in Baltimore City, Maryland in improving their economic status and increasing their access to and use of sexual and reproductive health services, with a focus on HIV prevention.

Adriana has nearly 10 years of experience in sexual health education and peer support. They bring a wide range of experiences in public health evaluation, program development, event planning, research management, and administrative support. 

Before joining EMERGE, Adriana was an Evaluation Research Assistant with Abacus at the UNC Center for Health Equity Research, where they worked with the RADx-UP Coordination and Data Collection Center (CDCC). They have also previously worked in evaluation for federally-funded Maternal Health Innovation (MHI) programs and is currently a coalition member for the NIH-funded ACHIEVE (Advancing Community and Clinical Care for Childbirth-related Hypertension: Implementation, Engagement and Valuing Equity) Project. 

Adriana is also trained as a full-spectrum doula and has been supporting birthing people through every stage of reproductive health since 2019.

Research Activities

Reproductive justice; sexual & reproductive health; perinatal & maternal health; qualitative research methods; community-based participatory research methods; LGBTQ+ health; health equity.

Practice Activities

Health education; doula & birth support


  • BA, Gender, Sexuality and Feminist Studies & African American Studies, Duke University, 2018
  • MPH, Health Behavior, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2022