Chidi Chike Achebe MD, MPH, MBA (born May 24, 1967) is a physician executive. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of AIDE – African Integrated Development Enterprise. He has served as the President and CEO of Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center as well as Medical Director of the Whittier Street Health Center and as Assistant Professor at Tufts University School of Medicine. Achebe is the third child of Professor Christie Chinwe Okoli-Achebe and the late Chinua Achebe- Nigerian politician, diplomat, novelist, poet, critic, and David and Marianna Fisher University professor emeritus at Brown University – widely regarded as the “father of modern African literature” and best known for the trilogy of classic African novels Things Fall Apart (1958); “No Longer at Ease” (1960); and “Arrow of God” (1964). Dr. Chidi Achebe is married to Dr. Maureen Okam-Achebe who is a Hematology/Oncology specialist at Harvard University’s Brigham and Women’s hospital. They have three boys.
Achebe completed undergraduate studies in natural sciences, history and philosophy at Bard College; received an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health, his MD at Dartmouth Medical School and an MBA degree at Yale University’s School of Management. He also completed his residency in both Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Texas, Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. After several years of work at various Boston health centers, Achebe says he now sees “the struggle against inequalities in health and health care for all vulnerable, under served Americans, as the next stage of the Civil Rights movement;” and has dedicated his life’s work to helping to solve the conundrum of health care inequity in America’s health care system.
Achebe makes church calls, and speaks at youth summits, conventions, conferences, schools, barber shops – focal gathering areas where he can reach under served patients – reminding the community of the value of health, preventive care, and the quality of service readily available at Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center. While expanding his unique implementation of “medicine without borders,” Achebe works as a passionate advocate for the global community through his writings that call attention to worldwide health concerns such as Diabetes, the HIV/AIDS pandemic and Prostate Cancer.
Through his years of work, Achebe has become a leader in the battle for healthcare equality and serves on several boards and committees where he continues his passion to bridge disparities that exist in the health care system. His efforts have earned him a featured TV appearance on Basic Black; profile in the Boston Globe and AOL Black Voices, profile in the Dartmouth Medicine, an interview on WUMB-FM’s Commonwealth Journal (interviewed by the legendary Barbara Neely); and feature length articles in several international periodicals, journals, and newspapers.
For his efforts in bridging health care disparities, Dr. Chidi Achebe was awarded the 2012 Dartmouth College Martin Luther King Award (Ongoing Category).