Irene Njoroge

Irene Njoroge

Irene Njoroge graduated from the General Arts and Science program in April 2005. In Sept 2005, she joined the Bachelor of Nursing Program and graduated in 2009. After graduation, she started full-time work as a Registered Nurse at St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto. She worked in various departments including: Telemetry Unit, Nursing Resource Team and Child and Adult Psychiatry.

In 2011, Irene completed various addiction courses and received her Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) designation. In 2012, she started work as a Nurse Clinician in the Addiction Medicine Service at St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto, and worked in this capacity until Feb 2017.  In 2015, she enrolled for a Master of Public Health Program and is due to graduate in the fall of 2017.

In Feb 2017, Irene left St. Joseph's Health Centre Toronto and is working in a split role as  the Advanced Practice Nurse for the Rapid Access Addiction Medicine (RAAM) clinic at Women's College Hospital, and the Lead Nurse Educator for META:PHI (Mentoring, Education and Clinical Tools for Addiction: Primary Care-Hospital Integration. In this capacity, Irene provides education on substance use treatment and support to nurses in various hospitals within the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network, and provides training and mentorship in opening-up of new RAAM clinics to promote easy access and integration of substance use treatment.

Irene has been involved in a number of addiction related initiatives and publications. Her interests include creating awareness and advocacy to reduce stigma around mental illness and substance use; promoting access to substance use treatment and support; and education and capacity building in substance use treatment within the health professional community.

She is the Founding Director of CAfRIC International, a grassroots organization founded in 2014 to create awareness and advocacy to reduce stigma and promote support for people living with HIV/AIDS, Mental Illness and Substance Abuse and their families.