Dayna received her M.S. degree in Health Education, Promotion and Behavior from the University of South Carolina and is currently completing her doctoral degree in Health Services, Policy and Management there. She is an Assistant Professor at American International College in the School of Health Sciences, Public Health program in Springfield and Adjunct Instructor at Holyoke Community College in the Foundations of Health, Community Health Worker certificate program. Dayna also serves as a research consultant with the South Carolina Primary Health Care Association building research capacity and infrastructure for the South Carolina Community Health Centers (CHC’s). She serves on the Steering Committee of Mama’s VOICE, a community-based participatory research project in Springfield designed to assess the health and wellness needs of mothers of color and is an active participant on the Baystate Health Community Health Worker System workgroup.
Dayna’s research interests are diverse but are concentrated on disparities in health status and outcomes across multiple conditions/illnesses; community capacity building and social justice; and women’s health, particularly as it relates to reproductive and pregnancy outcomes. Originally from Amherst, Mass., Dayna spent more than 15 years in South Carolina.