Wivine Ngongo, MPH graduated from the Colorado School of Public Health in 2017 with concentrations in Community and Behavioral Health and in Global Health. She currently serves as the Panel Manager for BeHeardMileHigh where she utilizes her expertise and experience in community engagement and public health research to help empower African Americans in the Denver Metro Area to lead healthier lives.
Wivine has direct experience working with community members, both locally and abroad, to address the current state of community health and wellbeing, and to implement sustainable health programs that build self-efficacy in adopting healthy behaviors. Wivine previously served as a field representative for Saha Global in Ghana where she helped implement a water treatment center and trained community-appointed women to be self-sustaining in cleaning their local water sources. In the Metro Denver Area, Wivine partnered with the Colorado Association of School-Based Health Care and the Adams City Middle School and High Schools to conduct a community health assessment of the current state of health in these communities using relevant focus groups.
Wivine has also gained a wealth of experience in scientific, medical, and behavioral research pertaining to sickle cell disease (SCD) throughout her academic career. She designed and proposed a program plan that aims to address racial health care disparities faced by African American patients with SCD by improving the delivery of culturally responsive health care at the provider level. Wivine also led and conducted a retrospective clinical study on the effectiveness of ketamine in managing severe sickle cell pain. Her work in this research is expected to be published in the upcoming year. In the future, Wivine wants to dedicate her time to working with African American individuals with SCD through a public health lens to provide culturally responsive health care and education that will ultimately lead to improved blood safety surveillance, compliance with immunizations, pain prevention, and overall quality of life.
Wivine currently serves as a member in the American Public Health Association, the Colorado Public Health Association, the Colorado Nonprofit Association, and the Colorado Sickle Cell Association.