Rebecca Santiago, RN, BSN
Community Healthcare Navigator
Center for Health Equity
Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center
“Leaders instill hope in people for their success and a belief in themselves. Leaders empower people to accomplish their goals through their positivity.”
Rebecca Santiago’s family, friends, and her upbringing in an underserved community in the Bronx, NY, led her to an interest in community outreach and service with the Bronx Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She received a bachelor’s degree in health policy and planning from New York University, and a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is currently enrolled in an MS/APRN program at the University of Phoenix.
Losing both her mother and aunt to esophageal cancer was the wakeup call that made her make major changes in her life including taking care of her own health as well as her family’s. “The health disparities my family faced as I was growing up stoked my passion for community health and nursing,” she says.
Santiago‘s life has been blessed with children and grandchildren. She has been a martial arts enthusiast for 38 years, participating in numerous worldwide karate tournaments both as a competitor and a world-class certified judge. She is an avid swimmer, enjoys long walks on the beach, and reading.