UPHOLD‘s team of public health behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, economists, disparities researchers and scholar activists have over 100 years of combined experience. We unified our skills and combined expertise to support our passions for youth empowerment, community-based social change, family resiliency and sustainability development.


Rashid Njai, PhD, MPH has over 15 years of community based public health experience and is a determined scholar activist. He founded UPHOLD: a non-profit action cooperative, to combine his passion for scholar activism, measurement and intervention of social determinants of health (e.g. health, education, poverty, violence) to address disparities and the application of unique and mixed method evaluation techniques to show impact of sustainable non-profit efforts. He received his MPH and PhD in Health Behavior and Health Education with a focus on behavioral health, community based participatory research and social epidemiology from the University of Michigan, School of Public Health; he also has a BS in Biology from the Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in the leading public health agency in the nation as a social epidemiologist in community health for the past 8 years. His work focuses broadly on the epidemiology of mental/physical health disparities and social inequity; community based chronic disease prevention and surveillance among vulnerable populations, as they relate specifically to the Social Determinants of Health and Health Equity, resiliency and wellness.


Danielle T. Barradas, Ph.D. (Vice President & Director of Program Development)

Dr. Barradas has 10 years of public health experience and brings a diverse background to UpHold. She holds a doctorate from Emory University and has expertise in the fields of nutrition, physical activity, and childhood obesity prevention. She is currently an epidemiologist working in the area of maternal and child health. Her knowledge of a broad array of national and state-level surveillance systems, performance measures, and health outcome indicators will be an asset to UpHold. Dr. Barradas is also an adjunct faculty member in the Health and Fitness Management Program at Clayton State University.


Caresse Campbell, MPH (Treasurer & Director of Financial Integrity) 

Dr. Caresse Campbell is an Economist with a focus on cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis. She received her B.A. in Economics from the University of Rochester and her MPH from Emory University. She has PhD in Health Service Administration from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her doctoral research focused on addressing issues in health outcomes, disease management and health disparities in diabetes. With 10 years of experience, Dr. Campbell has a diverse background from working in injury prevention, birth defects and infectious diseases at the leading public health agency in the country.