Rebekah Ndinda Ngewa is a 4th year DrPH student in preventative care at LLU School of Public Health. She works with the African Women's Cancer Awareness Association in the D.C. metropolitan area, educating women on breast cancer prevention. “My hope for these women is that they know that breast cancer is not a death sentence. That they can still survive and thrive,” says Rebekah.
Her father from Kenya and her mother from Nigeria, Rebekah was raised in a missionary home and grew up all over the world in Canada, the U.S. and West Africa. “It can be challenging to talk to African immigrant women about breast cancer because they just don’t talk about those things,” comments Rebekah, “But when the women I work with discover that I’m a student and that I’m from Africa they become more willing to talk to me.”
After graduating from Cal State Fullerton with her MPH, Rebekah worked with some community groups and felt that public health had the multifaceted approach to care she was looking for. “Loma Linda was always my first choice ... I chose the preventative care program because I have a passion for both research and the clinic.”
Beginning her 4th year in the DrPH in preventative care program, Rebekah hopes to get more funding for her work in promoting health to African women. “I want to help African women appreciate their culture, it’s important to remember where we came from.”
Rebekah is able to complete her education with help from donors and scholarships, including the Hulda Crooks grant, from the School of Public Health.
“God has been with me every step of the way and I’m just grateful to make it to year number four."