Dr. Nina Bacaner, Advisor
Dr. Nina Bacaner is an internal medicine physician and civil surgeon with expertise and advanced training in immigrant medicine, integrative medicine, travel and tropical medicine. She graduated from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in internal medicine at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California. She has a Master’s in Public Health from The Harvard School of Public Health, and a diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from The London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. While in Boston she was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School as well as the medical director of an inner city clinic where she worked with immigrants from the Dominican Republic.
After that she spent 14 years in Minneapolis at the Community University Health Care Center with a diverse immigrant population from South East Asia, Latin America and Africa. Activities included teaching medical students and residents, starting an immigrant travel clinic and a domestic violence program and chairing a task force on the prevention of domestic violence.
Currently she works at the Minneapolis VA hospital in the emergency room and at a small immigrant clinic. She teaches the Global Health Course at the University of Minnesota Medical School, and is clinical faculty. She has published in major medical journals. She has worked in Peru, Columbia and Kenya in the past and is excited to be able to work at the Roberto Clemente Health Clinic improving clinical services and public health to the community.
Jennifer is a Spanish professor and Director of Spanish for Health Care Certificate program at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She teaches medical Spanish, cultural competency, interpreting and translating courses to undergraduate and graduate nursing and health science students. She is also a medical translator and interpreter in the metropolitan DC area. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Spanish from Middlebury College and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the State University of New York at Oswego. Each spring she directs a group of Catholic University nursing students to work at the Roberto Clemente Santa Ana Health Clinic in Limon, Nicaragua.
Rebecca received her bachelor’s degree in Nursing from Purdue University in 2003. After graduation, she began her career in the United States Army where she served as a Registered Nurse for 9 years. She is currently working towards a master’s degree in Social and Civic Entrepreneurship from Bakke University in Seattle, Washington. From this internship with The Roberto Clemente Health Clinic, Rebecca hopes to learn about and contribute to the both the business and nursing aspects of an international nonprofit organization. In the future, she and her husband plan to relocate to South America with the goal of providing healthcare to the indigenous population.