Founder : Jean de Dieu MUKUNZI, MPH, PMP

The idea of founding Ebenezer Healthcare Access emerged in June 2009 following Jean’s eligibility to Medicaid. At that time, he was not able to use it because of language and cultural barriers. As Jean gained communication skills and abilities in American English, he thought of going back to school. His choice was Wright State University. In his application process, the admissions office requested him to elaborate a letter of intent demonstrating his interest in the Master of Public Health (MPH) Program. At this time, Mr. Mukunzi stated that MPH would empower him with skills and competencies that are highly needed in helping immigrants to navigate the US healthcare system.

The passion for helping immigrants and other underserved populations remained grew as Jean sailed through his graduate program. As a requirement to graduate with a Master’s in Public Health, he conducted research to assess refugees’ health needs in Montgomery County. This research has since been one of the first studies on immigrants living in the Greater Dayton area. Different academic researchers and community surveyors have cited this research to make viable healthcare recommendations to support immigrants.

More than seven years after graduation, Mr. Mukunzi has served populations in several counties of Ohio while working for CareSource to help immigrants and other members navigate the US healthcare system. In 2018 Jean worked with Dayton and Montgomery County Public Health in the implementation of the Fatherhood Program as the agency sought to curtail the infant mortality rate. Jean is a Project Manager Professional (PMP) with fifteen years of experience in healthcare. He has a huge experience in initiating, planning, implementing, controlling and closing healthcare project. Throughout his career, he has been successful in project planning, and implementation. For example, he marked success with HIV/PEPFAR program in Rwanda. This project success was witnessed by both the US President and the US Secretary of Health in 2008 following its positive impact in Rwanda and neighboring countries. Currently Jeam works for Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center as a Population Health Project Manager.

Trained business analyst, Jean is familiar with the following computer software: SQL, SSRS, Power BI, SSIS, SPSS, SAS Enterprise Miner, Excel, Access, Epi Info, Minitab, EPIC, MIDAS, MS Project, MS Visio, Advanced Excel, C++ Programming, Web design with HTML and CSS, PowerPoint.

Holder of a Bachelors degree in Clinical Psychology from the National University of Rwanda, Mr. Mukunzi graduated with a Master's in Public Health Management from Wright State University, Ohio; and holds and an academic Certificate in Data analytics from Sinclair Community College, Ohio.

Jean de Dieu Mukunzi is multilingual of English, French, Swahili, Kirundi, Kinyarwanda and intermediate level of Spanish.