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Jerry Sternin
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Jerry Sternin, along with his wife Monique, was a pioneer of Positive Deviance who helped people all over the world address some of their most intractable challenges. At the time of his death, he was working with Plexus Institute and a nationwide network of hospitals that are using the behavior change process Positive Deviance (PD) in their efforts to eliminate MRSA, or Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a deadly pathogen that kills as many as 100,000 US hospitals patients each year. Jerry Sternin touched countless lives in the US and around the world. In 1990, he and his wife, Monique, went to Vietnam to help fight childhood malnutrition. They discovered that some children in impoverished villages were well nourished. The Sternins spent years refining the PD technique and successfully applying it all over the world to such difficult and entrenched problems as poor infant and maternal heath, girl trafficking, female genital cutting, and AIDS prevention. In the US, Jerry helped people use PD to address issues in business, healthcare and education. He was director of the Positive Deviance Initiative at the Freidman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston. He was also the recipient of a Ford Foundation Grant to amplify the use of PD in the US and internationally, and a Rockefeller Grant to further the applications of PD.



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