Jim's Open Road
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JIM YONG KIM
Partners in Health
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Jim Yong Kim grew up the son of Korean immigrants in Iowa. Campaigning for George McGovern in the 1968 Presidential race, he was drawn to social activism, but ended up studying medicine. Luckily, Harvard Medical School offered a dual-degree program in Anthropology and Medicine, and Jim was able to work on social activism and medicine at the same time. He has since gone on to co-found Partners In Health, a nonprofit health organization that targets the poorest regions of the world and is Professor of Medicine and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School.