Jean de Dieu Mukunzi, MPH, PMP, Celebrated by Marquis Who's Who for Dedication to the Field of Health Care Administration

Jean de Dieu Mukunzi, MPH, PMP, Celebrated by Marquis Who's Who for Dedication to the Field of Health Care Administration

Jean de Dieu Mukunzi, MPH, PMP, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on the current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are considered during the selection process.

Ebenezer Healthcare Access helps immigrants address their social determinants of health by overcoming language and cultural barriers.

Drawing on years of expertise in health care administration, Mr. Mukunzi presently excels as the Founder and Executive Director of Ebenezer Healthcare Access, a non-profit located in Ohio that helps immigrants address their social determinants of health by overcoming language and cultural barriers. In his leadership role, he oversees stakeholders, manages staff, handles contracts, ensures the quality of the organization's services, and collaborates with the city and county governments, health systems, nonprofit organizations, and academic institutions. As part of the organization's management, Mr. Mukunzi manages Ebenezer's finances and reports to the board of trustees.

Before his commitment to the current position, he worked in the Medicaid system and he acted also as the Population Health Program Manager for the Ohio State University's Medical Center, one of the most effective health systems in Ohio and the country. Also, before he came to the United States, Jean de Dieu Mukunzi managed a PEPFAR-funded project in Rwanda, significantly reducing HIV prevalence in the country. During his state visit to Rwanda in 2008, U.S. President George W. Bush visited the project because of its positive impact.

In addition to his professional career, Mr. Mukunzi's educational background is relevant to health care management. He is the holder of a bachelor's degree in clinical psychology from the University of Rwanda, a master's degree in public health management from Wright State University (USA), and a project management certification from the Project Management Institute. To remain current with industry-related trends, he aligns himself with the Project Management Institute, the Ohio Community Health Worker Association, Welcome Dayton, and Welcoming America.

Mr. Mukunzi immigrated to the United States from Rwanda — a journey that he notes had its fair share of challenges. Upon his arrival in the United States, he could not communicate in English, which was one of the first hurdles he needed to overcome. Since then, he has devoted himself to helping others in similar situations, providing them with the tools required for easy integration into local U.S. communities. In partnership with the association of 29 hospitals and health centers in the Miami Valley Region, Mr. Mukunzi was able to start a Care Coordination Program, which currently serves thousands of immigrants in the region. Through Ebenezer Healthcare Access, Mr. Mukunzi started medical translation services with content validation by a multilingual team composed of medical doctors, physicians' assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists. This approach has been named by the National Resource Center for refugees and immigrants; as one of the national best practices for translation.

Mr. Mukunzi has worked for many years, volunteering his time with immigrants and collaborating with local academic institutions and health systems to find solutions to better integrate new Americans. He has conducted a research project on Ohio-based refugees and immigrants to assess their health-related requirements. The data from this research has been considered by many as a baseline to help develop healthcare interventions for the refugee immigrant population in the Dayton area.

Incredibly proud of his career, which is studded with highlights, Mr. Mukunzi is gratified to have established Ebenezer Healthcare Access as a care coordination agency that assists new Americans in attaining not only health care coverage through Medicaid and Medicare but also assisting them to address their social determinants of health. Looking toward the future, he intends to expand the organization to reach other cities, states, and countries.

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