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RW 19-10 Healthy Heart Community with Dr Lisa VanHoose

Recovering the Whole of you with Dr Kiti Adderly and her guest  Dr. Lisa VanHoose, on air from March 5th

The Ujima Institute was founded by Dr. Lisa VanHoose. As a physical therapist and researcher, she believes that individual and societal wellness requires village-like efforts.

The Ujima Institute is focused on improving the health and wellness of underserved communities with an emphasis on black communities. The institute provides a space for women to recharge so they can care for themselves, their families, and their communities (H.E.R. Village), community members to seek out rehab professionals who provide holistic care and education(H.E.A.L. Village), and all persons to participate and promote community based participatory research(C.A.R.E. Village). However, the Institute works due to the efforts of many, not just its owner and founder.

WHAT DO WE BELIEVE: 1. Healthy women are needed for healthy families and communities. 2. Communities need healthcare providers who demonstrate cultural humility, empathy, and a commitment to holistic, high quality care. 3. Research needs to be created, conducted, and communicated with community members to have the greatest impact.

We, The Ujima Institute, are people and organizations from all walks of life committed to improving our communities. We represent patients, caregivers, health care providers, elected officials, clinics, organizations, and others. We are focused on improving the wellness of communities. We respect and engage the voices and expertise of all. We truly believe in collective work and responsibility.




What does Ujima mean? 

Ujima is the third principle or day of Kwanzaa. Ujima is pronounce (oo-JEE-mah). To learn more about Kwanzaa, click here. Although Kwanzaa is rooted in African-American culture, the principles of Kwanzaa support our belief that we are all connected and we must address the needs of our brothers and sisters regardless of our differences. 

Dr. VanHoose received her PhD in Rehabilitation Science and MPH from the University of Kansas Medical Center. She completed the NHLBI PRIDE Summer Institute with an emphasis in Cardiovascular Genetic Epidemiology. Her BS in Health Science and MS in Physical Therapy were completed at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. VanHoose’s teaching interests include pathology, physical agents, oncology rehabilitation, population health, and cultural competency. Dr. VanHoose’s research focuses on the incidence, prevalence, and severity of cancer related side effects with an emphasis on the disease burden of minority cancer survivors. She also investigates strategies to diversify the healthcare workforce to reduce health disparities. She has received both NIH and industry funding to support her research agenda. Dr. VanHoose is the Principal Investigator of the Cancer Rehabilitation and Wellness Laboratory. She is also the past President (2012-2016) of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association.

 1-833-77-UJIMA (85462)


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