Kim is a student in the PhD in Urban Systems Program

Kim Navarro, RN, CNM, WHNP-BC

Kim Navarro

Bridging the Health Gap for Low Income Women

I am a Certified Nurse-Midwife and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner who is passionate about providing high-quality health care to underserved adolescent and adult women of the urban community.  My life purpose is to educate, empower and encourage women of low socioeconomic status living in urban neighborhoods.

As a student of the PhD program in Urban Health at Rutgers University, I challenge myself to learn about health care disparities that exist in urban communities. The difference between the health outcomes of people of high socioeconomic status and low socioeconomic status starts from conception.

The knowledge I've obtained in Urban Health classes empowers me to conduct research that will influence change and help bridge the gap in the health care offered to women and children across socioeconomic statuses. 

I have several years of work experience in the urban community where I was born and raised, in the urban educational system I come from, and in women's health care. I am fluent in Spanish and most of my work is with urban Latino women. I am an alumna of Rutgers, where I earned my dual-degree MSN specializing in Midwifery and Women’s Health.

One of the most exciting things I do is serve on medical mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Haiti, where I provide health care to underprivileged women and children and teach classes in childbirth and newborn care. Through my missionary work I also educate health care staff in developing countries about evidence-based practices and obstetric emergencies. I also facilitate team building activities.

My aspirations are to advocate for the social, economic and health care equality of women, continue missionary work in developing countries and publish writing on the social deconstruction of medicalized childbirth.

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