In Memorandum Dr. Enrique Acosta Meza Nuñez (October 2, 1956 to March 15, 2012)
Dr. Enrique Acosta Meza Nuñez
It is with great sadness that the International Community Foundation mourns the loss of its Senior Health Advisor, Dr. Enrique Acosta Meza Nuñez, who passed away in his sleep on March 15th. For the past 18 months, Dr. Acosta had been supporting the foundation's Dulce Wireless Tijuana program.
Prior to joining ICF as a part time advisor, Dr. Acosta had an accomplished professional career as the Director of the Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) Clínica #27 in Tijuana, the largest IMSS health clinic in the Republic of Mexico with over 290,000 patients. In addition to maintaining an active family medicine practice, Dr. Acosta also served in numerous leadership positions over the years in Tijuana's medical community including the Secretary General of the Alumni for the UABC Medical School (1987-1988) and founding Vice President of the Association of Family Practice Medical Specialists of Tijuana in the early 1990s.
At IMSS, Dr. Acosta was seen as one of the more innovative leaders with several landmark initiatives undertaken at IMSS under his tenure, including having his Tijuana clinic serve as the beta site to launch IMSS's first automated medical records system seven years ago. Dr. Acosta's leadership was instrumental in helping IMSS introduce the concept of remote clinics in Tijuana's industrial parks to better address the needs of the city's manufacturing sector and promote better health outcomes. Given Dr. Acosta's track record with IMSS, he turned out to be the perfect partner for Dulce Wireless Tijuana, a wireless diabetes care solution developed in partnership with IMSS, UABC, Fronteras Unidas Pro Salud, FIC, ICF with the support of Qualcomm and IUSACELL.
According to ICF's President, Richard Kiy, "Dr. Acosta was not only a visionary leader and committed community leader but he had also become a dear friend. We will miss Dr. Acosta's creativity, sense of humor and most of all his heartfelt passion to make a positive impact on the countless people that he touched and projects and initiatives that he became involved in over the course of his life."
Dr. Acosta is survived by his wife, Cecilia, and his children A memorial service was held in late March 2012 in Tijuana.