Bay Area resident, educator, and author, Dr. Raymond Chimezie has received a Fulbright award to Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr. Chimezie, who is a parishioner at St. David of Wales Catholic parish in Richmond, California, and who also belongs to the Bread of Life Prayer Group, sees his award as a commission by Christ to help improve healthcare in Africa. He referenced the scripture, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Luke 10: 2), to show that his award is a divine commission.
Dr. Chimezie’s passion for improving people’s access to healthcare led him to found the Health for Schools and Communities Foundation, a non-profit organization with the mission of promoting health education and access to schools and communities in rural areas.
"By creating and promoting health awareness and improving people’s access to care, deaths and diseases from preventable causes will be seriously minimized," says Dr. Chimezie, who has launched many health education and promotions programs in Richmond, California, and given medical supplies to local health facilities in Nigeria. He hopes that he will get the support of good-spirited individuals, local and international organizations to set up a model health clinic where the poor and under-privileged can access quality healthcare.
Dr. Chimezie, whose passion is to improve health care access to the underserved especially in the Sub-Saharan Africa will be teaching at a university in Nigeria. He will equally conduct research on the introduction of advanced nurse practitioner program in the Nigeria’s healthcare delivery system. He is convinced that the introduction of advanced nursing practice in the Nigerian healthcare system will reduced people’s disease burden caused by their inability to consult a qualified physician when sick.
During the one year period of the award, Dr. Chimezie will be spend a good amount of time working with local communities, collaborating with local health staff, and international non-profit organizations to create health awareness in Nigeria. He will equally teach courses in public health to undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Chimezie also plans to work with health professionals who are experienced and passionate about bringing positive social change to healthcare delivery in Nigeria.
Dr. Chimezie has gained vast experience on Nigeria’s health issues through his doctoral research and many study trips to Nigeria. He is also the author of a ground-breaking book that addressed the serious issues affecting healthcare delivery in Nigeria. His book, Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: Overview, Challenges, and Prospects, provides insight into the fundamental problems affecting healthcare delivery in Nigeria and suggests evidence-based approaches to improving it.
As a Fulbright awardee, Dr. Chimezie intends to use his teaching, research, and community leadership skills to impact lives in Nigeria in a more positive way.
Dr. Raymond Chimezie, PhD.; M.A.Ed., FRSPH
Active parishioner at St David of Wales, 2016-17 Fulbright Scholar and Author, President & Founder of the nonprofit organization: Health for Schools and Communities Foundation (click here) . Read Dr. Chimezie's full bio by clicking on the link below: https://www.linkedin.com/in/raymond-chimezie-phd-m-a-ed-frsph-0090a944