Community Development Award
This Award recognizes the outreach efforts of a woman who has made a significant impact in her own community. The award honours her commitment to improving the lives of the people she serve. She is recognized for exceptional efforts in the areas of rural economic development, education, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Dr. Patient Ekeocha will receive this honour in Toronto, Canada on March 16, 2013. The honour is presented by the International Women Achievers’ Awards, a Canadian based organization. To learn more please visit IWAA.
Patience Ogechi Obichere was born in Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria. She graduated in 1981 with a BA in Sociology (Magna cum Lauda) from SUNY Buffalo and a Master of Science degree (MSc.) in 1983 from the same University. She returned to Nigeria and served in the National Youth Service program.
While in the Youth Service as a college social science teacher, she became familiar to the inherent problems of healthcare system in Imo State and Nigeria. The sudden death of her father from a brain aneurysm due to inadequate healthcare climaxed her experience. On return to the USA in 1986, her experience and inadequacy of the health care system Imo State became an incentive for a career change into nursing education.
She later obtained a Bachelor of Nursing Science degree from Towson University, Maryland, a Master of Nursing degree (MSN) with focus as a Nurse Practitioner from University of Maryland in Baltimore and a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree in 2012 from Rock Mountain University, Provo Utah.
She is the proud mother of five children, all of whom pursued careers in healthcare. Patience, now as Dr. Ekeocha made it a point to live and breathe health awareness in developing nations and at her work places. Currently works for Morgan State University Health Center as the Assistant Medical Director, a position that gives her many opportunities to mentor and precept Nurse Practitioner students. She presented the first cultural diversity lecture at Maryland General Hospital while working in the hospital, and spear headed many awareness programs in area hospitals into recognizing cultural diversity in the USA health care system.
Dr. Ekeocha is a board member of several non-profit organizations and the founder of Catholic Women Organization of Baltimore, Maryland. She received several grants from ACS, ALA, DHMH for tobacco cessation (2005-2010). She obtained grants for HIV prevention at Morgan State University (2008-2010) from Advocates for Youths in Washington, DC (2005 to 2010). She gave presentations in several associations, such as the American College Health Association 2003, 2005, and 2007, Mid-Atlantic College Health Association 2003 and HBCU counseling center conferences 2004.
Dr. Ekeocha’s volunteerism through the Imo Medical Mission (a Non Profit Organization) since 2003, made positive impacts on the people of Imo State by creating HIV awareness, testing and treating the infected, providing free medical/ surgical care. Also, in 2007, Dr. Ekeocha was involved in collaborative practice program with Ekurhuleni East College in South Africa to implement a better health care system and practice. Patience belongs to so many professional organizations including the International Honor Society of America Academy of Women’s health, Academy Association of Nurse Practitioners, American College health Association and many others.
Dr. Ekeocha takes pride in serving her community, providing leadership roles in her church, and cultural organizations. She enjoys physical activities, reading novels, and assisting the less privileged.