Keiru Ugo, RN, FNP
Founder, Health For All
I was born during a Civil war in Nigeria. In a war, it is the children and the very old that are the most at risk non-combatants. I am fortunate to be alive, thanks to the determination of a nun with Catholic relief missions. She single-handedly saw to it that my family, with five children under ten years old, had adequate nutrition during the war. To this day, families continue to be threatened in a similar way, but now, it is by disease, illness, and a lack of healthcare. Their plight fueled my passion to do what I can to ensure that there will be tomorrows for them. I immigrated to the United States in 1986. In 2000, I graduated with a MS degree and Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) certificate from the University of California San Francisco School of Nursing. I obtained my BS degree from San Francisco State University in 1993, and have been a Registered Nurse since 1992. I have experienced nursing care in the hospital, clinic, and home settings as a Registered Nurse and a Nurse Practitioner. I am currently working as a Nurse Practitioner at Kaiser Permanente.
Staff at Clinics in Nigeria
Jennifer Nwadike, Barrister and Patrick Nwadike, Accountant, make phone calls and text to remind participants of their follow
up date. Patrick also serves as HFA’s local Accountant and Project Manager. He disburses payments, procures medical exam
forms, and is the liaison with the Pharmacist to procure medications. He coordinates activities involving the organization of
screening events. Michelle Nwadike, a teacher by profession, distributes medications. Chiamaka Nwadike, a college student
majoring in Microbiology, performs blood pressure and blood sugar testing.
Local Contacts in Nigeria
Ebus Pharmacy in Port-Harcourt, Nigeria is our local source of medications.
Joint Hospital Amaigbo, Nwangele LGA, Imo State is a local nursing school. Students from the school assisted in July 2015
during the comprehensive health screening event. We plan to continue this partnership with the school.
We are also looking to partner with the local school of health sciences to add basic laboratory testing.
Pat Coleman is the Executive Director of the Arthur H. Coleman Community Health Foundation. She serves on the Community Board of St. Mary's Medical Center, UCSF's Prostate Cancer Task Force, UCSF's Faith Communities Committee, and numerous other committees dedicated to the elimination of African American Health disparities. She helped guide the initial formation of HFA and its 501(c)3 non-profit status.
Agatha Ekeh, RN, MSN, EdD is also Nigerian. We collaborate with her to discuss the reality of the locality and strategies to successfully navigate some of the potential pitfalls in collaborating with the local people.
Dr. Patricia Walton Retired Community College Dean, University Professor, with experience serving the underemployed, minorities and women. Experiences include working in The Republic of South Africa, as a corporate trainer. Served twelve years on the American Heart Board, Women Inc., STEP Board member [recidivism] and presently the Archdiocese Education Board. Record of developing and implementing grants and centers for diversity programs, Foster Care Programs, workers re-training and basic education/literacy coupled with a National recognized Entrepreneurial program for displaced workers.
Debra Greenblat After retiring from the University of California, San Francisco where she was the Administrative Director of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute’s Clinical Research Centers, she was able to increase her volunteer efforts with various non-profit groups and expand her work with photography. She manages the website and develops marketing materials.
Development of HFA
Ifeyinwa Ugo, RN is a Pediatric Nurse at the UCSF/Benioff Children's Hospital in San Francisco. She has actively participated in the development of HFA. She has traveled to Nigeria for every HFA screening event and is responsible for setting up our social media presence.
Kenneth Ugo is a Computer Engineer and is the administrator of our YouTube presence.
In addition to Ifeyinwa Ugo, RN and Kenneth Ugo, my three other children have provided their support in one way or another over the years as Health For All has developed.
About the Team
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