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Uzoamaka Nwankpa is a community health registered nurse with a strong passion and belief in the power of music and dance. Uzo is an educator, dance facilitator, entrepreneur, researcher and an advocate for healing through indigenous music and dance (culture).
Originally from Enugu, Nigeria, West Africa, Uzo has infused her education with her passion for music and dance to create a project that promotes health awareness with the use of old technologies utilized by indigenous people all over the world. Wellbeing is enhanced simply by intentionally engaging the mind, body, spirit and environment in a healthy manner. Imagine a world that sing, dance and play together, that is a vision of a healthy community.
As a first generation Nigerian woman and global citizen, Uzoamaka Nwankpa has created diverse ways to preserve her culture around the world through innovative workshops, speaking engagements, presentations and performances. She is an advocate for using the arts as a healing tool for individuals and communities.
Undergraduate: BSN- Barry University Miami, Florida
Post Graduate: MSN-PH Grand Canyon University Phoenix Arizona
Fellowship: 2015 Recipient Caroline Plummer Community Dance Fellowship University of Otago New Zealand
- Community/Public Health Nursing- Samuel Merritt University School of Nursing RN to BSN Program
- PHSE 103 & 325 University of Otago School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences Cardiovascular System: The process of the systems, interlinkages and disease processes through movement and dance.
- STAR Education- In charge of providing continuing educating to the NFP nurses in the Western Region (Multiple States)
- Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP) Education- In charge of facilitating monthly nurse education modules with public health nurse staff in support of the NFP model elements
- Nurse Family Partnership Program (NFP) at Teenage Pregnancy Program TAPP- In charge of providing public health education topics to the teenage pregnancy high school in Tucson AZ
Publications and Conferences
2016 Accepted for publication chapter proposal for the edited compilation Dance and the Quality of Life.
Title: Dance in Community Health Nursing- The Maternal-Child Community Dance Research Project
2015 MSN PRACTICUM Individualistic collectivistic continuum- A lens to providing culturally appropriate community health care
2015 Moving Communities – An International Conference on Community Dance
The Maternal-Child Dance Project presentation focused on the community dance sessions phase of the project with an opportunity for conference participants to engage in movement while experiencing the process of the RICHER Model.
2013 Presenter at the Family Support Alliance: Home Visitors Conference
Physical activity in the homes- a practical guide for home visitors
2013 United Nations Association Tucson: City of Refugee Key Note Speaker
From Surviving to Thriving- Uzo Nwankpa’s Journey from Nigeria to the U.S
2012 United Way of Southern AZ Presentation to Home Visitors
Physical Activity in the home- A guide for home visitors
2012 University of AZ Humanities Week Presenter
The language of dance co-presenter with Dr Praise Zenenga.
2011 United Way Family Alliance Conference Presenter
Emotional Refueling for Home Visitors Dance, Music and Movement
2011 Pima Council on Ages Conference
Presentation and demonstration on importance of movement for a healthy life demonstration for elders/ facilitator
2011Tucson Meet Yourself Traditions of Healing
Workplace Wellness through music and movement
2011-2014 Wingspan- EON Youth group –Once a month community health education called Fierce Living with Uzo
2013 Girls Scout Leadership Institute Mentor
2013 Kids Fit Life Fall Program– HAPPY organization workshop series for children and Youth promoting a healthy living
2013 Our Family Services- Workshop for youth dance music and movement promoting self awareness and esteem
2013 Tucson Youth Poetry Slam-The art of performance Workshop conducted for the youth of Tucson
2015-2016 Principal Investigator: Maternal and Child Community Dance Project -Music and Dance sessions 8 week Course Dunedin, New Zealand
2015 African Inspired Healing Community Drum and Dance workshop in Auckland, New Zealand. A qualitative pre and post survey of effects of music and dance on wellbeing
2015 African Inspired Healing Community Drum and Dance workshop in Dunedin, New Zealand. A qualitative pre and post survey of effects of music and dance on wellbeing
2015 Community dance classes to support emotional health Dunedin, New Zealand. A qualitative pre and post survey of effects of music and dance on wellbeing
2015 Maternal- Child Community Dance Project Auckland University of Technology- Centre for Child Health Research. A qualitative pre and post survey of effects of music and dance on wellbeing
2015 Research Presentation and Demonstration to Maori Midwives of Auckland.
2015 Conference presentation of the RICHER Model developed from the Maternal and Child Community Dance Research Project. Presentation and Demonstration Moving Communities International Conference Dunedin New Zealand.
2013 The effects of an hour long group healing session on stress and energy levels with participants of the Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIRROW)-Qualitative Survey
2013 African inspired community dance classes to support emotional health-Qualitative Survey
2011-2013 Dance at Mothers Oasis- Center for emotional Wellness once a week physical activity support group for moms experiencing prenatal and postpartum mood disorders- Survey