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Peninnah Kako, PhD, RN, FNP- BC, APNP

Peninnah Kako, PhD, RN, FNP- BC, APNP

Assistant Professor

pmkako@uwm.edu
(414) 229-6238
Cunningham Hall 613

Dr. Kako joined University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) College of Nursing as a tenure-track faculty member in the fall of 2008 after completing her PhD in Nursing. Before joining UWM, Dr. Kako held multiple staff nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner positions in various health care facilities, in South Eastern Wisconsin. She was also the coordinator for community partnerships for a major health care system in South Eastern Wisconsin, where she helped develop a consortium model as a means of increasing health care access for underserved populations through school-based health clinics.

Dr. Kako maintains her clinical practice as a Nurse Practitioner where she takes pride in providing health care for underserved populations. During her doctoral studies, Dr. Kako received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) a pre-doctoral individual fellowship sponsored by National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) division of the National Institute of Health (NIH) for her dissertation study on health needs of HIV-infected women in Kenya. Dr. Kako’s areas of research and expertise include improving health care access for underserved populations locally and internationally. Her research expertise and interests include health care access, Global Health research on women and HIV/AIDS, sub-Saharan Africa, using ethnographic and mixed methods approaches.

Education

Ph D Nursing, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
MSN Family Nurse Practitioner, Univeristy of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
BSN Nursing, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Other Nursing, Milwaukee Area Technical College

Current Research

  1. Follow-Up Study of HIV Risk, Treatment Access and Illness Management among HIV-Infected Women in Rural and Urban Kenya
    3 year follow up study
    Collaborators: Kako, Peninnah; Stevens, Patricia; Anna
  2. HIV Transmission Risk, Access to Treatment, and Self Management of Illness Over Time: An In-Depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    RGI funded study.
    Collaborators: Kako, Peninnah; Stevens, Patricia; Galvao; Anna
  3. Wisconsin Genomics Proposal
    Collaborators: Kunert, Mary P; Buseh, Aaron G; Lundeen, Sally P; Kako, Peninnah; Millon-Underwood, Sandra; Beth Peterman; Shakoor Lee; Jean Bell Calvin; Suzanne Feetham

Contracts & Grants

  1. Faculty Diversity Research Award for HIV Transmission Risk, Access to Treatment, and Self Management of Illness Over Time: An In-Depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: University of Wisconsin System Institute on Race and Ethnicity
    Investigators: Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako
  2. Impact of HIV on the Lives of Women in Kenya
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: UWM Center for International Education Faculty Travel Award to Implement Overseas Field Research Experiences for Undergraduates
    Investigators: Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako
  3. HIV Transmission Risk, Access to Treatment, and Self Management of Illness Over Time: An In-Depth Longitudinal Study of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: UWM Research Growth Initiative
    Investigators: Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako
  4. HIV Transmission Risk, Access to Treatment, and Self Management of HIV Illness Over Time: Experiences of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: UW-Institute on Race and Ethnicity
    Investigators: Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens
  5. Health Needs of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Awarding/Sponsoring Organization: National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Nursing Research
    Investigators: Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako

Intellectual Contributions

  1. J Kibicho,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Educating their communities to counteract HIV/AIDS-related myths and stigma, one conversation at a time: Lessons from Malawian women living with HIV, Information Age Publishing, Literacy as gendered discourse: Engaging the voices of women in global societies
  2. Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Banda Anne ,  Grappling with HIV Transmission Risks: Experiences of Rural Kenyan Women living with HIV, Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23(5), 442-53
  3. Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Implementing an Undergraduate Research Experience in Kenya, Global Currents: Biannual Bulletin by the Center for International Education-University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, (8 (2)), 2-4
  4. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Mentoring Women Faculty Of Color In Nursing Academia: Creating An Environment That Supports Scholarly Growth And Retention, Nursing Outlook
  5. Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Anne Dressel,  Power of the collective in triumphing over stigma: Wisdom from Malawian women living with HIV/AIDS, Social Science & Medicine
  6. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako,  (2014) Teaching, research and service synthesized as postcolonial feminist praxis., Rutledge, 231-239
  7. Peninnah Kako,  Rebekah Dubrosky,  (2013) "You comfort yourself and believe in yourself": Exploring lived experiences of stigma in HIV-positive Kenyan women, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 34(3), 150-157
  8. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako,  Anne Dressel,  (2013) Safety planning in focus groups of Malawian women living with HIV: Helping each other deal with violence and abuse., Violence Against Women, 19(11), 1331-1349
  9. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  J Kibicho,  Patricia Stevens,  (2013) The innovative and collective capacity of low-income East African women in the era of HIV/AIDs: Contesting Western notions of African women, Health Care of Women International, 34(3/4), 332-350
  10. Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Jennifer Kibicho,  A K Karani,  A Dressel,  (2013) Missed opportunities for early HIV diagnosis: Critical insights from the stories of Kenyan women living with HIV, International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, 51(5),
  11. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Jennifer Kibicho,  Patricia Stevens,  (2013) The innovative and collective capacity of low-income East African women in the era of HIV/AIDS: Contesting western notions of African women, Health Care for Women International, 34(3/4), 332-350
  12. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Claire Wendland,  Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako,  Anne Dressel,  Jennifer Kibicho,  (2013) Marriage as a risk factor for HIV: Learning from the experiences of HIV-infected women in Malawi, Global Public Health, 8(2), 187-201
  13. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Jennifer Kibicho,  (2012) Perceptions of the character of God as narrated by East African women living with HIV, Journal of Christian Nursing, 29(3), 10
  14. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Patricia Stevens,  Peninnah Kako,  In search of feminist theorizing grounded in women’s agency that leads to emancipatory praxis: A focus on the capacity of nursing academia,
  15. Peninnah Kako,  Dubrosky B ,  Exploring the lived experiences of stigma in HIV positive Kenyan Women, Issues in Mental Health Nursing
  16. Peninnah Kako,  Peninnah KakoJ Kibicho,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Patricia Stevens,  Anna L Karani,  Advocating for HIV Prevention and Care: A Critical Role for Older Women Living with HIV in Rural Kenya, Kenya Nursing Journal
  17. Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  A K Karani,  (2011) Where will this illness take me? Reations to HIV diagnosis from women living with HIV in Kenya, Health Care for Women International, 32(4), 278-299
  18. Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  (2010) Mentoring women faculty of color in nursing academia: Creating an inclusive environment that supports scholarly growth and retention, Nursing Outlook, 58(3), 135-141
  19. Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  A.K. Karani ,  (2010) Where will this illness take me? Reactions to HIV diagnosis from the Voices of Women Living with HIV in Kenya, Health Care for Women International Journal
  20. Peninnah Kako,  A.K. Karani,  Patricia Stevens,  Challenges Accessing HIV-Related Health Care in Resource Limited Communities: Lessons from HIV-Infected Women in Kenya, Kenya Nursing Journal

Presentations

  1. Identifying Barriers to Support Group Attendance: Insights from Women Living with HIV in Kenya
    Event: XIX International AIDS Conference
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Kibicho J ,  Galvao L
    July 25, 2012
  2. Exploring the lived experiences of stigma in HIV positive Kenyan Women
    Event: 14th Annual Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice Conference: Cultivating Nursing Research,
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Dubrosky B
    May 10, 2012
  3. The innovative and collective capacity of low-income East African women in the era of HIV/AIDS: Contesting western notions of African women
    Event: Intellectual History of Black Women Conference
    Presenters: Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako
    2011
  4. Reactions to HIV diagnosis from women living with HIV in Kenya
    Event: Tau Lambda conference
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Anna K Karani,  Patricia Stevens
    August 3, 2010
  5. Women and HIV in Kenya
    Event: STTI
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens,  Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  A. Banda
    May 13, 2010
  6. Microfinance projects among women living with HIV in East Africa
    Event: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee International Women's Bazaar & Women in International Development
    Presenters: Lucy Mkandawire-Valhmu,  Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens
    April 26, 2010
  7. Challenges and Triumphs in Accessing HIV-Related Health Care in Resource Limitied Communities: Lessons from HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Event: 15th International Critical and Feminist Perspectives in Health and Social Justice Conference
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens
    2009
  8. Accessing HIV-Related Health Care in Resource Limited Communities: Experiences for HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Event: Kenyatta National Hospital Leadership for Change: International Council for Nurses
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  K.A. Karani,  Patricia Stevens
    July 23, 2009
  9. Grappling with Complex HIV Transmission Risks: Experiences of HIV-Infected Women in Kenya
    Event: 5th International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
    Presenters: Peninnah Kako,  Patricia Stevens
    May 23, 2009

Contact

pmkako@uwm.edu
(414) 229-6238
Cunningham Hall 613

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