The author and editor, Martin Ayong Ayim, was born in Ngwenjin village in the Azem Clan of Widikum in Cameroon. He studied at Federal Bilingual Grammar School Yaounde and Nursing School Bamenda. He was admitted into Indiana University Bloomington in 1984 where he graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Public Health Administration in 1987, and a Masters of Public Health with emphasis in Community Health Education in 1989. Thereafter, he was admitted into Texas A & M University for the doctoral program where he graduated in 1993 with a Ph. D. in Health education. He is a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) in the USA. Furthermore he is a grant writer and publisher of many scholarly articles in National and International Journals of Health Education.
He was employed at Grambling State University of Louisiana where he was promoted to Professor of Health Education. He successfully developed the Bs Kinesiology Health Promotion where he serves as Senior Academic Advisor. He earned the Dr. Eddie Robinson, Snr Endowed Professorship in the Department. He won the Health Educator of the Year in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (LAHPERD) in 2004. He also won the LAHPERD Ethnic Minority Award in 2005. Ayim is an active member of many professional organizations at local, national, and international levels.
He has edited and written books in community health promotion, and published articles in the State and International Journals of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. He developed the INDICATE Model, a culture-based Model for Community health promotion program planning. His career objectives are to: teach health education content and process in an Institution of Higher Learning and write grants for external funding; conduct extensive health education-related research in Cameroon an/or in other developing countries of Africa; work with the World Health Organization Regional Office in Africa or with any International or Regional Health 679 Education Institute for Africa; and to write and publish professional articles and textbooks for the enhancement of health education and the control of infectious diseases in developing countries.
Finally, Ayim provides leadership in the health education profession, academia, and society. He served as President of Delta SOPHE Chapter (www.deltasophe.org) of the Tristate-Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama from 2008-2010. He served as Vice-President of the Association for Professional Health Educators of the State of Louisiana (APHELA), Vice President of Health, LAHPERD; and member of Lions Club Ruston, and Rotary Club Ruston. He was Voted Community Service Faculty Member of the Year of Grambling State University in 2007.