Name: Kile Adumene
Cohort Year: 2015
Nurse, Manchester Community Health Center; Program Coordinator, Equity Leaders Fellowship at Southern New Hampshire Area Health Education Center (AHEC)
Leadership Placement: Disability and Public Health Project
Favorite Lectures: Responsive Practice, Medical Homes
“There’s much work to do and I want to do it.”
Kile Adumene is a nurse and mother of four children. Growing up in Nigeria, she saw many challenges facing women and children in her community. She knew early in life she wanted to work in medicine. Kile came to the United States as a refugee in 1999. She began working in home health care and nursing homes, and then earned a degree in nursing.
As part of her 2014-2015 LEND experience, Kile used her nursing background with Community Health Centers across New Hampshire. She worked to improve medical care for individuals with disabilities.
Now, Kile works at the Manchester Community Health Center pursuing her life interest, maternal and child health. She also serves as an equity leadership program coordinator in Manchester, NH and uses her training and background to advocate for children with disabilities. She says LEND gave her the knowledge and support to make a difference for children with disabilities.
My LEND Experience
What were you doing before LEND?
I’ve been interested in maternal health since I was 8 years old and living in Nigeria. My mother went to the hospital to have a baby, and I went with her to take care of her. Unfortunately my brother didn’t survive, and I couldn’t do anything to help. My interested in maternal and child health began then, because I wanted to be able to put myself in a place where I could save a struggling baby.
In 1999, I came to the United States as a refugee. I wanted to be a doctor, but I began working as a Licensed Nursing Assistant doing homecare and working in nursing homes. I eventually became a Licensed Practical Nurse and continued to work. I began searching for more education, and received my BA at the University of New Hampshire in 2011. After graduation, I began working at the Manchester Community Health Center as a nurse.
How did you hear about LEND? What made you apply?
I heard about LEND when I went to an event with HPOP (Health Professionals Opportunity Project). Betsy Humphreys, NH LEND’s Training Director, and she introduced me to the program. What attracted me to the program was its focus on Maternal and Child Health. It reminded me of my original goals. Over the next few months I spoke with Betsy over the phone to learn more about the program, I submitted and application, and was accepted into the program.
There’s much work to do, and I want to do it. I want to know how and when to do things, and the LEND program would teach me how to get there.
What else did you do while you were participating in LEND?
While participating in LEND, I continued to work at the Manchester Community Health Center. I did my Leadership placement at the Institute on Disability’s Disability & Public Health Project. During my 100 hour placement, I worked to set up relationships with Community Health Centers and the Southern New Hampshire AHEC to introduce them to the project’s trainings on Responsive Practice to Disability. I’m also a mother of four children.
What are you currently doing?
I’m continuing to work at the Manchester Community Health Center, and am now also working for the Southern New Hampshire AHEC as a Program Coordinator (and participant) for the Equity Leaders Fellowship. I was connected to the job during my Leadership placement at the Disability & Public Health Project.
How did LEND impact your current work?
As a nurse, I am more aware of the needs of people with disabilities, and the need to advocate for them. I’m able to help families who come into the Health Center communicate their needs to doctors and other healthcare professionals, to ensure they get the best care possible.
What are your goals for the future?
I want to continue to move towards my dream of making a difference in Maternal and Child Health.
What do you wish you knew about LEND before starting?
LEND is a big time commitment, and to be successful you need to make sure that you have a lot of flexibility.
Why should other people participate in LEND?
For anyone interested in Maternal and Child Health, the LEND program is a great resource. It gives you the information you need to function as well as advocate within the field.