Robert Einterz, M.D., associate dean for global health, director of the IU Center for Global Health and professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine, will be the first Donald E. Brown Professor in Global Health.
Donald Brown received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Indiana University Bloomington and graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in 1985. He co-founded his third software company, Interactive Intelligence, in 1994 and serves as its CEO, president and chairman of the board. This company is a global provider of IP business communications software and services. In 2007, Don made a significant gift of $1 million to the Indiana-Kenya Partnership/AMPATH. This new gift builds on his commitment to supporting global health programs.
“I’m honored to be associated in any way with the fine work that Bob and the AMPATH program are doing,” Brown said. “They are making a difference in thousands of lives and I’m tremendously thankful to be able to contribute to their efforts.”
The IU Center for Global Health is responsible for the coordination of the AMPATH program, the joint partnership between a consortium of academic institutions led by Indiana University School of Medicine, the Moi (Eldoret, Kenya) University School of Medicine and Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.
AMPATH – the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare – delivers health services, conducts health research, and develops leaders in health care for both the U.S. and Africa. In 2001, the partners joined forces to create one of Africa’s largest, most comprehensive and effective HIV/AIDS control systems, and have currently enrolled more than 130,000 HIV-positive patients in more than 55 clinics in western Kenya. Today, that system is expanding its scope to include delivery of essential primary care services, and control of communicable diseases and non-communicable, chronic illnesses.
Starting with Dr. Einterz, the Donald E. Brown Professor in Global Health position will be used to support faculty leading global health programs that aim to eliminate health disparities by advancing global health research and education and delivering health care services to underserved populations across the globe.
“Don is a humble, generous man who cares deeply about the dignity of every individual,” said Einterz. “He recognizes the potential for Indiana University to play a transformational role in global health. His bold gift challenges Indiana University and each one of us to do our part so that all people can access essential health care.”
For more information on the IU Center for Global Health and USAID-AMPATH, see www.ampathkenya.org.