About us

Mission Statement

Chasing Health brings equitable and culturally sensitive health care to underserved communities through blood pressure screenings and education.

Vision Statement

To create a world where people are free from preventable diseases.

Our Values:

  1. Centered on diversity, equity and inclusion
  2. Compassion and respect for all people
  3. Collaboration and partnership
  4. Integrity and honesty
  5. Fiscal responsibility and accountability

Meet the Team

Dr. Tina Omorogbe, DNP, MS, FNP-BC


Dr. Tina Omorogbe is the founder and CEO of Chasing Health Inc. With over 30 years of nursing experience, Dr. Tina Omorogbe is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner with a doctorate degree in nursing practice from Chatham University. Dr. Omorogbe is skilled in caring for adults with diverse chronic diseases such as hypertension, cardiovascular diseases, kidney disease, diabetes, stroke, and Alzheimer. As a clinical provider with a unique cultural lens, she can address culturally sensitive and difficult matters to deliver the best outcomes for her patients. Her clinical knowledge and unmatched love for people has moved her to extend her passion out of the hospital walls into underserved black and brown communities.

Sojourner Jo Brice, RN BSN

Director of Operations

Sojourner brings experience in nursing navigation, elective surgery, colorectal, urologic, general oncology, Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Utilizing over a decade of experience in sales, and operations management to create programs, and education to help patients feel empowered for active participation in their health care. “Health equity,” is meeting people where they are and creating a bridge to allow them access to the highest level of health care available to all. Sojourner shares a passion for bringing information concerning chronic diseases like hypertension, diabetes, stroke and kidney disease, through culturally sensitive lens, to underserved black and brown communities.

Blessing Oliver, RN, BSN

Director of Community Health Program

Blessing Oliver is a Registered Nurse with over thirteen years of experience as a progressive care nurse. She spent eight years in Cardiac step-down unit caring for patients with multiple cardiac conditions. She currently works as a resource nurse with vast skills in leadership development, community engagement, and patient advocacy. She also focuses on educating patients about their chronic health conditions, to help them understand and better manage their care, thereby keeping them out of the hospital.

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Shi Sewell


Shi Sewell graduated with a major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In her pursuit of excellence, she has maintained an exceptional academic record while being fully immersed in supporting her campus community. Shi prides herself in being the President of Doctors for Hope and the Vice President of the Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students. She spearheaded the planning of various successful community service projects such as a Menstrual Equity Drive and educated the underserved population about chronic diseases. Furthermore, she facilitated the success of her peers by tutoring Organic Chemistry for the Center for Achievement, Retention, and Student Success.

Dr. Patricia Nwaefuna, DNP, PMHNP, APRN, FOWEP

Marketing Director

Dr. Patricia Nwaefuna is a dedicated psych mental health nurse practitioner with over 20 years of impactful experience in mental health and addiction. She has a doctoral degree in mental health nursing from state university at Buffalo NY, and she is a Fellow in Opioid Workforce Expansion Program. Dr. Nwaefuna is trained to treat a wide array of mental health conditions. She believes that one of the human rights and social justice is equity in health care. Her passion includes instillation of hope to the hopeless and serving the deprived.

Jacqueline RN, BSN

Jacqueline RN, BSN


Jacqueline is a registered nurse with over 26 years of nursing experience. She has a wide range of nursing experiences including managing patients with cardiac diseases and hypertension. She currently works as a Community Mental Health Nurse with the NYS Office DDSO.  She is a passionate about educating patients regarding their risk factors and helping them break the cycles of diseases.  Prevention and early intervention change the trajectory of those who are at risk of dying of hypertension. As a healthcare professional, she is passionate about improving the quality of life for those who are underserved.

Board of Directors

James Desemone, MD, FACP, CPE 

Retired Professor of Medicine 
Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism 

Dr. Desemone is a Diabetes Specialist and Endocrinologist who has a background in Quality Improvement, Patient Safety, Systems-Based Practice, Communication, and Interprofessional Teamwork. Since his retirement as a Professor of Medicine from Albany Medical College in December 2022, he welcomes the opportunity to support activities that fill gaps and address barriers to health care of people who live in our communities. 

Graciela Desemone, MD (she/her/ella 

Retired Professor of Medicine
Internal Medicine

Dr. Graciela Desemone is a physician with over 30 years experience in Internal Medicine. Though recently retired from clinical practice, she remains devoted to helping others. Raised bilingually in a Latino household in Albany, NY, she is committed to equitable and inclusive medical care for all persons in our region, particularly those in underserved areas. 
Recognizing that medicine’s future lies in upcoming generations, Dr. Desemone advises Albany Medical College’s Latinx Medical Student Association and teaches college students at UAlbany interested in health careers. She volunteers with area health events, Capital District Latinos, Red Bookshelf, her church, among others. 

Hypertension Officers

  • Yassah Sim RN, MS, FNP-BC – Treasurer
  • Jackie Rowe RN, BSN- Secretary
  • Kayon Forrest, RN, MS, FNP-BC
  • Jennifer Adjara, RN, MS, AGPCNP- BC
  • Vernessa Mitchell RN, BSN

Advisory Board Members

  • Dr. James Desemone
  • Dr. Graciela Desemone
  • Ms. Thelma Hill
  • Dr. Sri Tumuluri
  • Dr. Valorie Brooks

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