Diana Namumbejja Abwoye is a family nurse practitioner practicing at Lowell community health center’s Metta center, where she partners with and provides care to refugees, asylees, immigrants, and their families. She is a recipient of the Judy A. Beal Nursing Award of Excellence and Diversity and the Alyssa M. Frazer Love of Life award from Simmons University. Diana is a Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) Nurse Corps Scholarship recipient and was nominated for the National Black Nurses Student of the Year in 2018. She participated in the Emerging Global Healthcare Leadership Symposium in London, UK in 2018. Diana will be joining Yale University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences as a PhD candidate.
A graduate of the University of Massachusetts and the Makerere University Business School in Kampala, Uganda, Diana has many years of experience in public health and community outreach. She has been an OBOS global partner since 2012, when she began the project of translating and adapting several chapters of Our Bodies, Ourselves for Luganda-speaking women in Uganda. She held discussion groups about specific topics regarding sexual and reproductive health with Uganda-based women’s groups and girls in teen centers, and in January 2017 she distributed free copies of the adapted materials to women and girls in rural areas. She hopes to expand this project in the coming years to include more adapted and translated chapters from the book.
Diana started a teenage mother support group in Amida, Kitgum, Northern Uganda and later founded Amida Child Mothers’ Vocational Training Program to teach young mothers skills to support their families. Diana continues to co-direct this program.