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Desire Kindarara, PhDc, DNP, MSN
VIRTIS Director, African Immigrant & Refugee Health Care Program

Born and raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly known as Zaire), Dr. Kindarara fled the oppressive dictatorship in 1992 after completing 4 years of Medical school at the University of Kinshasa, Congo and, after receiving political asylum in a UNCHR camp in Kenya and providing compassionate healthcare to refugees at AMREF Walda Refugee Hospital in Kenya, has built a new life in the United States. He attended (1) San Francisco State University to obtain his Bachelor of Science in Biology (Physiology), Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing Healthcare Administration; and (2) Touro University – Nevada for his Doctor of Nursing Practice. Dr. Kindarara is currently working on his PhD at the University of Arizona with research focus on reducing diabetes health disparities among African Immigrants and Refugees. Current appointments and affiliations: Assistant Clinical Professor of at Sacramento State University - School of Nursing, Guest Faculty for Introduction to International Health course at the UCD School of Medicine, Medical Policy Section Nurse Consultant of the State of California Department of Health Care Services, Project Manager of the 3-year Statewide Collaborative Quality Improvement Project to reduce hospital readmissions among California Medicaid Managed care populations, UCD Clinical & Translational Science Center. Past appointments: Director of Nurses for a California State Correctional Facility, Nurse Manager of Medical-Surgical; Telemetry; & Oncology departments at Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers (Roseville & Sacramento), Center Director of RAI Renal Dialysis Center in Roseville, CA, Faculty member at Carrington College-Nursing Program. He also has experience providing compassionate care to Veterans at VA Mather Medical center and Active Duty Air Force members and their families at McClellan Air Force Base Clinic. He is fluent in French, Swahili, Lingala, and English and has basic knowledge of Spanish and Tagalog.










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