Rollins' Unsung Heroine

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Doris Mukangu was named one of Emory's 2012 Unsung Heroines for her work with the African Women Health, Education, and Empowerment Center, which serves African immigrants and refugees in Atlanta and underserved communities in Kenya.

CMPH candidate Doris Mukangu is among the 10 women named as 2012 Unsung Heroines by the Emory Women's Center.

Mukangu was honored for her work with African refugees and immigrants in Atlanta and underserved communities in rural Kenya.

Several years ago, Mukangu volunteered as a translator to assist Burundians at the DeKalb County Board of Health and noticed a communication gap between refugees and service providers. To close the gap, she co-founded the African Women Health, Education, and Empowerment Center to connect women with health services and counsel couples on domestic violence. The volunteer organization serves the Atlanta metro area and parts of Georgia with a chapter in Kenya led by Doris's mother, Jennifer.

"We have assisted thousands of refugees and immigrants," says Doris, who also works with the nonprofit group Tapestri to end refugee domestic violence. "Our last project in Kenya was in collaboration with The Coca-Cola African Diaspora Network and MedShare International and sponsored by The Coca-Cola Foundation. We shipped a container of medical supplies to a remote clinic in Meru, Kenya. The clinic is now serving hundreds of people and projected to serve thousands in the next few years."


If you are in Washington on October 24, come hear Emory experts discuss the recent Supreme Court decision on health care reform.

Panelists include School of Law Dean Robert Shapiro, national health strategist Ken Sperling, RSPH health policy expert Ken Thorpe, and Emory alumna and health policy analyst Sally Tyler. Julie Clements 02C of the American Psychiatric Assocation will moderate.

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm. Location: Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. To register, visit


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