U.S. Fulbright Scholar and Researcher in Dept. of Public Health (2016 /2017)
Dr Raymond O. Chimezie is a Public Health Practitioner and the United States Fulbright Scholar to the Department of Public Health, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
Dr Chimezie has demonstrated excellent teaching and work experiences in public health education and in the business organizations. He has over 15 years teaching experience in a K-12 public school system in California, United States of America. Had college/university faculty teaching experience at Los Angeles Southwest College, Los Angeles, where he taught Community Health and Wellness. He also supervised the Health Fitness Laboratory. His teaching experiences and expertize include building strong instructor–learner relationships, students mentoring and equity in education, collaborative learning, community organizing and empowerment, strategic skills in health education and intervention, and passion for reducing disparities in health outcomes.
Dr Chimezie is the current President and Founder of a non-profit charitable 501 (c3) organization, Health for Schools & Communities Foundation Inc., based in California, and focused on improving minority health in the United States and Nigeria.
As a scholar-practitioner, Dr Chimezie’s passion for improving population health brought him to serve in several public health institutions. Until his Fulbright mission to Nigeria, he was on the Advisory Board, Ethnic Health Institute, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, California (2010-present). Other experiences include, Drug Demand Reduction Officer (DDRO) United States Airforce Auxiliary, Squadron 44, were he rose to the rank of 1st Lieutenant; First Responder, Contra Costa Medical Reserve Corps; and member of the Chronic Disease Management Committee (Diabetes) at the Alta-Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland, California.
Dr Chimezie has professional membership in leading public health organizations:
Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health, London,
Member, Directors of Health Promotion and Education, USA
Member National Association of Chronic Disease Directors, USA
- 2016 Prestigious United Stated States Fulbright Fellowship to Sub-Saharan Africa
- Finalist 2016 Walden University Distinguished Alumni Award Nominee
- Presidential Alumni Research Dissemination Award 2014, Walden University
- 1st Prize Young Managers’ Competition, 1989, Eastern Zone, Nigerian Institute of Management
Dr Chimezie is the author of Primary Healthcare in Nigeria: Overview, Challenges, and Prospects (Outskirts Press, 2015), published in the United States of America.
Other publications include:
A Case Study of Primary Healthcare Services in Isu Nigeria (2013)
Failure of Primary Healthcare Delivery in Africa (2015). IJIMS Vol. 2, Issue 4. http://www.ijims.com/issue.php?issue=204
His many workshop presentations include:
- Making a Positive Social Change: Walden Univ. Doctoral Residency, 2016
- Health Mission to the Underserved: Samuel Merritt Univ. Oakland, CA. 2016
- Full-Service Community School: West Contra Costa USD, Richmond, CA. 2016
- Second-hand Smoking and Children’s Health, Richmond, CA. 2015
- Teenage Health Education and Promotion, West Contra Costa USD, 2014
- Underage Drinking, Civil Air Patrol US Air Force, 2014
- Health Promotion: An Option for Improving Primary Healthcare, FMOH, Abuja, 2014
- Research poster presentation, Walden University Research Symposium, Minnesota, 2013
Dr Chimezie obtained the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Public Health with a concentration in Community Health Education & Promotion, in 2013, from Walden University, Minnesota, a Master’s degree in Education (2006) from Argosy University San Francisco-Bay Area, and a Higher National Diploma (1985) from the College of Technology, now Federal Polytechnic Nekede, Owerri
- Nigerian health labour force issues, specifically on the introduction of advanced practice nursing in the national healthcare delivery system.
- Health systems: Improving access to health care and community research
Integrating traditional medicine into the Nigeria healthcare system