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Meet Dr. Charles Chima on PopHealth Week

On PopHealth Week our guest is Charles Chima, MBBS, MSc, DrPH.

Dr. Chima is Director of Graduate Education and Assistant Professor, Population Health at the Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

About Dr. Chima:

Dr. Charles Chima, MBBS, MSc, DrPH, trained as a physician at the University of Nigeria and worked in primary care for two years. He obtained a master of science in epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London. He subsequently obtained a doctor of public health degree in health services research and global health and further training in health informatics at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.

Dr. Chima is a population health scientist who seeks innovative ways to improve health outcomes and reduce waste in health care using the population health approach. He has led large-scale chronic disease population health initiatives in Houston, and provided advisory services as a consultant to state governments in Nigeria on primary care reform. He was also an HRSA primary care research fellow at the Family and Community Medicine Department, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.

The mission of the Bower School of Population Health at UMMC “is to provide world-class graduate training to prepare the next generation of scientists and health care professionals to improve the health of individuals, populations, and communities through enhancing health care systems and health policies”

 

 

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John D. Bower School of Population Health

JDB LogoI’m honored to have been appointed as Graduate Faculty at the John D. Bower School of Population Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

The School is one of the few schools of Population Health in the nation and “their mission is to educate leaders who will transform health care delivery and the health of Mississippians.

This really resonated with me as I had previously done work in Mississippi when Specialty Disease Management Services Inc. (SDM) was involved in the Medicaid disease management initiative as a subcontractor to McKesson Health Solutions.  SDM provided on the ground RNs and community care coordinators located throughout the state seeking to improve the health and care for Medicaid beneficiaries with asthma, diabetes heart failure and COPD. I also have in-laws in Leland, Mississippi in the heart of the Delta.

beech,-bettina1The school is led by Dr. Bettina Beech, their Dean, who is a dynamo building the school and truly working to embed the schools expertise into the state by getting involved in programs to leverage population health in an effort to improve the health of all Mississippians.  Her areas of scientific inquiry focus on the role of nutritional factors in the primary and secondary prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes, with a particular focus on child health disparities.

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