A committed lifelong learner, Wanda Chestnut, graduated from Widner University, Chester, PA in 1997. She received her Masters degree Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA in 2002 and her Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL in 2012. She currently holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in nursing, a certificate in Global Health, and a Doctorate of Health Science. She completed her thesis on female genital mutilation (FGM) at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital in Somaliland in December, 2012.
Wanda began her professional career as a staff nurse in critical care and community settings in the Philadelphia area. She joined the HIV/AIDS Bureau Division of Community HIV/AIDS Programs (DCHAP) as a Public Health Analyst in April 2010. Prior to joining the HIV/AIDS Bureau, she worked as a Nurse Consultant at the United States Marshalls Service headquartered in Crystal City, VA, where she provided case management to over 57,000 Federal Prisoners throughout the United States. Wanda has over 15 years of experience in HIV/AIDS work. During those years, she focused on the HIV/AIDS population, both in the United States and Africa. She has served as an educator for clinical research projects, one of which focused on the management and treatment of HIV infection, and utilized her expertise to provide care to members of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF) and their dependents.
During Hurricane Katrina, she was deployed to Baton Rouge, LA for 30 days to assist in the hurricane relief efforts. During the deployment she served as the Executive Assistant for the Secretary’s Emergency Response Team (SERT) Commander Rear Admiral (RADM) Craig Vanderwagen.
.Even while working full time, and completing her advanced degrees, Wanda managed to participate in three medical missions to Ghana through her church in 2004, 2005 and 2006. Also, in December 2012 she traveled to Hargesia, Somaliland for two weeks to volunteer and complete her Doctoral internship at the Edna Adan Maternity Hospital.
When asked how she feels about her upcoming medical mission and returning to the Edna Adan Hospital in Somaliland, Wanda enthusiastically responded, “I’ve always been interested in women’s health and human rights. This is an awesome opportunity to be sponsored by both Barcos Nightingales and One Nurse At A Time to go to a county with such deep need. All I can say is -- Thank you! It is amazing. I am truly grateful.”
The first Nurses for Edna medical mission will be funded thorugh the generous support of Barcos Nightingales Foundations, as well as many other supportors.
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