Joe Mamlin - A Tribute to Dr. Jim Greene, AMPATH Social Science Researcher

At its core, AMPATH is a partnership that creates opportunities for people to help people. To lift each other up. To inspire each other to do more. And to walk farther together. 

On March 3, 2018, the world lost Dr. Jim Greene, one of AMPATH's inspiring people who touched the lives of many. In the early 2000s, Jim served as a consultant with AMPATH, applying his Ph.D. in cultural anthropology to help AMPATH's HIV care work respond more effectively within the social and cultural fabric of communities.

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With Kenyan colleagues, Jim formed AMPATH's Social Behavioral Team, working to answer questions like: How can we assess the home-based HIV counseling and testing? Why are pregnant women not getting linked to care? Will local patients with diabetes be willing to come for care in our current AMPATH buildings? What do locals think of community health workers?

Perhaps more importantly, Jim mentored young Kenyan researchers who continue to make breakthroughs in behavioral sciences that help AMPATH better treat patients and communities. Jim's work lives on in Kenya, particularly carried on by AMPATH researchers Violet Naanyu, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Moi University School of Medicine, Rose Ayikukwei Ph.D., Researcher at Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation Kenya and Juddy Wachira Ph.D., Lecturer at Ondiga University of Science and Technology.

Dr. Joe Mamlin writes:

"In 2000, Sarah Ellen and I went to Kenya to help with a second medical school for the country that some of us at IU had helped start ten years earlier. We encountered something unexpected---we were now in the epicenter of the worst pandemic in human history. Hundreds of thousands of young Kenyans were dying from HIV. We turned to Jim Greene, a cultural anthropologist who had contributed so effectively to the growth of Wishard Hospital. I asked if he could give us a hand in our work here in Kenya. As AMPATH began to grow, Jim began training young Kenyans in demonstrating the key role of behavioral sciences in guiding the evolution of a responsive care system. His three protégés, Violet, Juddy and Rose each ended up with a PhD in medical sociology and continue to carry Jim's gifts in every facet of this growing Kenyan medical center.

In early 2016, I woke up to the reality that our long journey had created components of a health system that could go far beyond HIV. Why not do it all? I attempted to put that dream down on paper and once again asked Jim if he would give me a hand and look it over. Jim painstakingly poured over every word. He re-wrote, re-arranged and clarified that dream into a document that has given birth to Population Health with Universal Health Insurance.  This is now the cornerstone of AMPATH's next journey in Kenya."

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