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NPHF/Procter & Gamble Endowed Scholarship in Community Service
Loyda Braithwaite, MSN, RN, AGPCNP-BC, AOCNP, ACHPn
Loyda Braithwaite is an Oncology Nurse Practitioner at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. She has over 15 years of nursing experience, and has dedicated most of her career to cancer care. She was born and raised in Panama, where she obtained a BSN from the University of Panama. In 2009 she moved to the Unites States, and in 2015 obtained a MSN in Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with Oncology Specialty from Loyola University Chicago. She is currently a PhD-Nursing student at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
As a Nurse Practitioner, Loyda specializes in the management of patients with solid malignancies and is currently the NP for the Breast Cancer team at the UW-Carbone Cancer Center. Ms. Braithwaite is dually certified as an Advanced Oncology and Hospice & Palliative Care NP.
Being an immigrant inspired Ms. Braithwaite to dedicate her career to cancer care in underserved and minority populations. This has led to serval opportunities for service, education, and volunteering nationally and internationally. Currently, she leads the only Hispanic Breast Cancer Support Group in Dane County, WI, and is a co-investigator/spanish-speaking recruiter for the Patient Experience USA (Breast Cancer) research project. She has volunteered as a clinician in orthopedic surgeries for low-income patients and in rural communites in Latin America, as well as an oncology nurse educator for nurses in Panama, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, and Columbia.
As a nurse scientist, she envisions a research career focused on cancer care disparities, more specifically understanding the needs of Hispanic and Latino patients. She is particularly interested in immigration status as a social determinant of health in cancer care. As a PhD-prepared nurse, she aims to reduce disparities in cancer care among Hispanic and Latino patients in her community and abroad, as well as to advance the nursing science through research, education, and public policy advocacy.
Pamela Alva Porroa, FNP, PNP
Pamela Alva Porroa is currently enrolled in the Family Nurse Practitioner/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. While at Case Western, she worked as a bilingual coordinating nurse, where she assessed medically-related calls from military families stationed in Latin America. She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from LaSalle University in 2012, where she took courses in Translation Studies.
Her emphasis on global health has led her to volunteer with several medical missions in Central America, including The Village Mountain Mission program, where she spent 2 years coordinating and overseeing the logistics of medical service trips hosting mobile clinics. She was recognized for her exceptional organizational skills and was charged with planning ground logistics and approval of incoming medication with the Dominican Republic Ministry of Health.
She has also volunteered locally, helping a team in lead-screening children in Cleveland, Ohio. She translated teaching materials in spanish and recruited spanish-speaking patients to screen. Her future plans include working for rural and underserved communities in Pennsylvania.
Pamela's sense of responsibility, passion, and commitment to making a positive contribution to others make her a deserving recipient of the NPHF/Proctor & Gamble Community Service Scholarship Award.
Nadia Al-Lami, MSN
Nadia Al-Lami is completing the Masters of Science and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner program at the University of California, San Francisco, where she balances her clinical and academic responsibilities while also working and volunteering for community-based childhood obesity prevention efforts. She has established relationships with local produce and farm delivery programs to encourage them to partner with Head Start schools to provide access to healthy and affordable food. Demonstrating cultural sensitivity by working with diverse and under-resourced communities on a variety of projects, she has traveled to Ecuador as a UCSF Global Health Fellow, sharing nutrition resources and educational tools in urban and rural community healthcare settings. Nadia also participated in the development of an evidence-based, nationally recognized obesity prevention program at Stanford Children’s Health.
With a passion for reducing childhood obesity rates in underserved communities, Nadia’s plans after graduation include working in a Federally Qualified Health Clinic in the San Francisco area, setting up obesity prevention and health advocacy programs to help low-income families meet their living and health needs. Nadia also plans to continue to advocate at the health policy level to highlight disparities and find solutions for more equitable health care delivery.
The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation is pleased to award the NPHF/Procter & Gamble Community Scholarship to a woman who is certain to be a future NP leader.
Nelly Kangethe, DNP, RN
Nelly Kangethe will complete the Post-Masters Certificate Program as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Drexel University in June, 2017. Nelly has worked with underserved populations since 2010, when she started a volunteer position at the Immigration Outreach Service Center in Baltimore, developing care plans that contributed to the prevention of illness, disability and premature death from chronic disease. As the Co-Chair at the Global Campus of Innovative Technologies, Nelly has organized medical missions to Africa and continues her work in Africa feeding the homeless, organizing medical missions and volunteering in service to hospice patients. Through her work with communities in Baltimore and Africa, Nelly recognizes that resources for people with mental illness are limited. Her goals after achieving her PMHNP include implementing community psychiatric programs in Baltimore and Africa which will provide services to under-served populations as well as serve as a clinical site for NP students and community volunteers.
The Nurse Practitioner Healthcare Foundation is pleased to award this scholarship to a truly remarkable woman who will be an outstanding NP leader.