Olive Mbah is a rising fourth-year doctoral student in Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC Chapel Hill. She is also a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Pre-doctoral Fellow in the Cancer Care Quality Training Program at UNC. Her research interests center around using health policy to mitigate cancer health disparities. Specifically, she is examining the impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on cancer disparities, with a focus on the potential modifying effect of race/ethnicity and community-level contextual factors on the impact of the ACA. Olive is also engaged in cancer care disparities research, including research on disparities in treatment-related symptoms, symptom management and health related quality of life. Before starting the PhD program, she worked at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, MD, doing community-based research to improve cancer screening outcomes. As part of this work, she managed a NCI-funded community-based randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effectiveness of a trained family member or other social support in changing cancer screening behaviors among African American older adults. Olive was also involved in efforts to improve minority accrual to cancer clinical trials through the EMPaCT (Enhancing Minority Participation in Clinical Trials) Consortium. The Consortium (consisting of five NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers) worked to develop a coordinated strategy to address minority accrual into clinical trials from the individual patient to healthcare provider to the health systems level. Olive received a BS in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park, MD and a MHS in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD.