Barry Chu Eneh is the Chief of Chaplain Service at VA Salem Medical Center and, President of ZIMUZO Group LLC. Barry was born in Enugu, Nigeria. He holds a B.A. degree in philosophy from Saint Joseph Seminary, Ikot Ekpene and B.A. degree in theology from Bigard Memorial Seminary Enugu, Nigeria. He served as the Program Director for the Catholic Social Teachings/ Theology for Lay Peoples’ Program at the Catholic Institute for Development, Justice and Peace Enugu and, Vice Rector Queen of Apostles’ Seminary Imezi-Owa before he traveled to U.S. to further his study.
He earned a Master of Science degree in integrated marketing communications from Franklin University in Columbus; a Master’s degree in Public Health Management from the Boonshoft School of Medicine and Global Public Health at Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio and, PhD in health services with a minor in health care administration from the College of Health Sciences at Walden University MN, U.S.A. Barry has spent the last eighteen years working in one capacity or another, in non-profit, private and public health sectors. His research interests focus on the intersection of health care practice, health policy, lifestyle changes and disease prevention, health disparities and race among vulnerable and underserved populations in the U.S. and Africa. He is passionate about improving maternal and child health and the mental health of underserved populations through effective communication channels, public policy changes and advocacy. He has been involved in research that shows that patient experience, health outcomes, health inequities and disparities can be altered through creative maneuver of a mix of underlying risk factors and health determinants.
As a change agent in public health and community development, Barry continues to seek innovative ways to surmount the challenges posed by access, cost and quality of health services for underserved populations. He is committed to advancing health services research, policy and practice to reduce the burdens of health inequity particularly among minority, underserved, vulnerable and disadvantaged populations. His teaching interests include strategic planning for health care organizations, health systems strengthening and integration for faith-based organizations and community action groups.
Barry is a member of the American College of Health Executives (ACHE), American Public Health Association (APHA) and the National Association for Health Services Executives (NAHSE), Central Virginia Health Care Executive Group (CVHEG) and a voting Member of the Executive Leadership Board (ELB) at VA Salem Medical Center. He is founder and Executive Director of First Love USA, the Director of Strategic Planning for Amokwe Development Foundation (ADF) and, author of “ Dead Men Don’t Pay Tax, Loaves of Wisdom and This I Did for You.”