FEATURED MEMBER - September 2017

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Prof. Martin Ayong Ayim Ph.D., MPH, MCHES
Endowed Professor of Health Education and Health Promotion
Grambling State University, Louisiana, USA
International Representative of National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates(NAAAS)
Chair, Diaspora Health Literacy Advocacy Team & Global Collaborators for Africa (DHLAT)
Executive Director of Minority Health Promotion Initiative (MHPI) NGO in Cameroon.



Prof. Martin Ayong Ayim, is a naturalized American citizen, born in Cameroon. He studied at Indiana University Bloomington, Indiana 1984-1989 where he matriculated with a BS Health Administration and Master of Public Health (MPH). He further studied at Texas A & M University College Station, Texas where he graduated with a Ph.D. in Health Education in 1993. He is a Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) in the USA. He has been teaching at Grambling State University in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Leisure Studies (KSLS) since 1993 where, he is the Coordinator of the Health Promotion Program in the Department of KSLS. He is an Endowed Professor of the renowned Dr. Eddie Robinson Sr, Endowed Professorship. Prof. Ayim has Online teaching experience (Moodle, Google Classroom, and Canvas), and has excellence in teaching evaluation in the Department by Students. He served for 20 Years as member of the Grambling State University Faculty Senate.

Prof Ayim won the Health Educator of the Year Award in the State of Louisiana in 2004 awarded by the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and dance (LAHPERD). He also won the Louisiana Ethnic Minority Award in 2005. In 2011, Prof. Ayim was nominated for the Louisiana Health Education Honor Award by his Peers. Prof. Ayim is an active member of many professional organizations including SOPHE and has served as President of Delta SOPHE Chapter 2009-2010. Delta SOPHE comprises of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Prof. Ayim served on Louisiana Governor’s Task Force for Grade Level Expectations in Health Education, Grade 9-12 in 2012 resulting in the current Louisiana Health Education Handbook.

He is an author and Book Reviewer. He published “Communicable Diseases for School and Community Health Promotion” (Authorhouse Publishing) and has published articles in refereed journals. His book has been translated into French Language (to be published 2015) and is being considered for translation into Spanish. He reviewed a book with Jones and Bartlett titled “Introduction to Global Health Promotion’, 2015

He was appointed and served on Departmental, College and University-Wide Committees at Grambling State University including:
• Appointed Chair of the Grambling State University, ad hoc Faculty Evaluation Committee (FEC) charged with the Development of a Comprehensive Faculty Evaluation Rubric, September 2014;
• Appointed Member of the Academic Advisory Board of the School of Nursing at Grambling State University June 2014;
• Appointed member of the Grambling State University Curriculum Committee (UCC), 2014-2015;
• Voted Faculty Senate Representative at the University Curriculum Committee, 2014-; and
• Appointed member of the University Promotion and Tenure Committee, October 2012 through 2014.

He is a researcher and grant writer. He Won and served as Director a Federal Grant awarded by HERSA in 2003 for Cardiovascular Diseases and Cancer Outreach in Morehouse Parish Louisiana. Some Grant proposals recently written include:

•Principal Investigator: Title “Combatting Non-Communicable Diseases in Sub Saharan Africa: Utilizing mHealth Technology as Health Education and Health Promotion tool to reduce clinical outcomes of Type II Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Obesity in Cameroon”. Submitted to GSK, United Kingdom, January 2015

•Principal Investigator: Grant proposal for Sub Award submitted to Michigan State University, East Lansing titled” Community Early Warning Systems of Behavioral and Mental Health, grant funded by SAMHSA, NIAAA and CDC submitted November 2014.

He in collaboration with his Students in the Health Promotion Program at Grambling State University, developed the INDICATE Model, a culture-based Model for Community Health Program Planning which was published in the Journal of Louisiana Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (LAHPERD) in 2010.

Prof. Ayim has made presentations at National and International Conferences including:

  • Presentation at the University of Saltillo, Mexico in May 2014 tilted” BluePrint for African Model of Comprehensive School Health Education Curriculum”
  • Presentation at Michigan State University, East Lansing in April 2014 titled” Blue Print for African Model of Comprehensive School Health Education Curriculum”
  • Presentation at the Annual Conference of the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates at Baton Rouge Louisiana, February 13, 2014 titled: Health Illiteracy in Africa: Global need to Focus Resources for Education towards School Health.
  • Presentation at the Sino American International Research Forum at St Augustine’s University Raleigh North Carolina on April 9th, 2013 organized by the National Association of African American Studies (NAAA S) & Affiliates, titled” Tackling Health Illiteracy in Africa through Curricular Infusion of Health Education and Health Promotion as a Subject in Schools from Kindergarten to High School within the Framework of Culturally-appropriate and Content sensitive Comprehensive School Health Education
  • PowerPoint presentation introducing the Diaspora Health Literacy Advocacy Team and Global Collaborators (DHLAT) to representatives of the United Nations Educational and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Africa Region, in Houston, January 3, 2013.

Finally Prof. Ayim provides leadership in the Health Education Profession, Academia, and Community Service. He is member of Kiwanis International. He was voted Community Service Faculty Member of the Year of Grambling State University in 2007 and 2014. He is currently serving as International Representative of the National Association of African American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS & Affiliates) for Africa Region. He is also the Chair and lead consultant of the Diaspora Health Literacy Advocacy Team and Global Collaborators for Africa (DHLAT), a
nongovernmental organization that focuses on tackling the problem of low health literacy in Sub Saharan Africa through advocacy and consultancy for developing School curricular from Kindergarten through High School within the framework of African Model of Comprehensive School Health Education Curriculum (AM-CSHEC). DHLAT is composed of professionals at Texas A&M University, University of California Northridge, Miami University, Ohio, and Grambling state University, Louisiana. Prof. Ayim firmly believes in building research, academic, grant writing partnerships and collaboration with other Institutions of Higher Education and Groups that target Global Health Promotion.

Prof. Ayim has served for 10 years as the Secretary-General of the Association of Nigerians in Northern Louisiana, a Nigerian Association that welcomed other Africans. Prof. Ayim is a people-person who loves service.