Founder and Executive Director of Project Momentum, Inc. (PMI)
PMI is a community-based organization in rural eastern North Carolina that provides substance abuse counseling and related services. Throughout her career, Mysha has worked tirelessly to arrest health disparities that plague rural African American communities. For 15 years, she has partnered with academic institutions to engage in community-based participatory research projects and led numerous community engagement initiatives. These partnerships have catapulted PMI into new spaces and enabled Mysha and her staff to play key roles in several NIH grants seeking to advance health equity research, and intervention development and implementation. Presently, Mysha is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Fellow, enabling to her further expand the services of PMI. Mysha serves on a several community advisory committees and is the principal investigator of a 3-year substance abuse and misuse initiative funded by the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable trust. Additionally, Mysha is a founding partner of the PRIME Collective, LLC, a community consulting group providing strategic insight and direction to researchers seeking to incorporate community engagement principles into their programs of research. Moreover, the PRIME Collective, LLC supports investigators in addressing barriers that stifle community participation in academic research.