Authors Jeanne F. Nizigiyimana
Jeanne F. Nizigiyimana, MSW, MA is the co-founder and Program Manager of the Refugee Women’s Health Clinic (RWHC) at Valleywise Health Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ where she also chairs the Refugee Women’s Health Community Advisory Coalition (RWHCAC). Originally from Burundi, her refugee journey and resilience inspire a passionate work that impacts the lives of underserved women globally. Her work involves the design and coordination of culturally-grounded health literacy projects, community partner for research activities that are co-designed and co-implemented by an interdisciplinary, multicultural staff, volunteers and community members. In this capacity, she launched a robust and innovative team of Cultural Health Navigators, nationally recognized and a first of its kind in Arizona to ensure a seamless transition for refugees in navigating the health care system. Ms. Nizigiyimana serves on several boards, earned various awards including the ASU-SIRC Community Leadership Award in Eliminating Health Disparities with the most recent awards being Outstanding Woman in Business in 2020 and Non-Physician Finalist for Health Care Heroes in 2019 by the Phoenix Business Journal.
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