Date: Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM PST
Guest Speaker: Patricia Wakhusama
- History of African Refugee and Immigrant groups in the United States
- Major health issues faced by African Refugee and Immigrant groups
- The intersectionality of tobacco health disparities among African Refugee and Immigrant groups (socioeconomic status, age, gender, social norms, country of origin)
- A way forward in engaging and advocating against tobacco health disparities in African Refugee and Immigrant groups
A Kenyan native, Patricia emigrated to the United States in 2016 to pursue higher education at a Master’s degree level. She holds a Masters in Peace and Justice from the University of San Diego and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and minor in Psychology from the United States International University in Nairobi, Kenya. Her passion for social justice and advocacy derives from her long-standing volunteer experiences while working in Kenya and in the United States with African Refugee groups both individually and with multi-cultural teams during her graduate studies.
Patricia currently works with Nile Sisters Development Initiative in their FULSToP (Families Uniting Locally to Solve Tobacco Proliferation) tobacco control program and has been involved in advocating for tobacco health disparities in African Refugee and Immigrants groups for almost a year. Her vision is to be a voice and be a source of empowerment to marginalized groups.