Ekpenyong Ekanem (Kokzy) is a Consultant at Global Health Strategies, providing technical support to global health and health policy issues, and strengthening the advocacy and communication efforts of GHS and its partners worldwide. He brings a clinical, global health and culturally-sensitive perspective which is valuable to GHS’s Public health advocacy strategy and communications activities.
Kokzy obtained his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria after which he worked mostly in the public sector as a physician in two federal government hospitals in Abuja, Nigeria, and also in several rural health projects across various geopolitical zones. He then moved to New York City where he obtained a Master of Public Health (MPH) in Global Health Leadership from New York University. Whilst in the NYU-MPH program, he interned at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Accra, Ghana leading a research team towards to tackle the patient-overcrowding situation in their Emergency department. His final thesis was a year-long collaborative project with the Instituto de Saude Coletiva, UFBA Bahia, Salvador, Brazil to carry out a process evaluation of the integration of mental health services into the Brazilian Primary Health system in Salvador.
As a grad student in NYU, he was the founding president of the Global Public Health Action Network (GPHAN) NYU, an action-oriented graduate student-group committed to community service, public health networking/mentoring, bridging/capacity building and increasing awareness of global health issues both on the NYU campus and beyond. He has strong research interests in health systems strengthening, health disparities reduction via service provision and health policy formation and analysis in developing countries especially in West Africa.