2022-2024 Primary Health Research Training Scholars

Joshua Emakhu, Ph.D., is a Biostatistician from the Department of Public Health Sciences at Henry Ford Health, Detroit, Michigan, USA. He earned a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Covenant University, Ogun, Nigeria. He then earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA, and is currently on track to becoming a faculty member at Henry Ford Health. He is a member of the American Medical Informatics Association, Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, Institute for Operations Research and the Management Services, Society of American Value Engineers, and Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineering. He is also a peer reviewer for several journals, including IISE Transactions (Journal of Industrial Engineering and Operations Management), Information Fusion, and Frontiers for Psychology. His research interests include data analytics, resource allocation, cardiovascular emergencies, product development/recall, and health disparities.


Denise White PerkinsDr. Denise White Perkins is a board-certified family physician and clinician educator with a PhD is Psychology and more than two decades experience providing care to socially and medically complex patients in our urban ambulatory medical centers. Serving as Director of Healthcare Initiatives for the Henry Ford Health, she develops innovative organizational change, educational and community-based demonstration projects aimed at eliminating health and healthcare disparities, particularly for underserved and marginalized populations. As Vice Chair of Academic Affairs in the department of Family Medicine she is working to advance the implementation, spread and scale of both operational and educational innovations related to equity. Her research interest center around health professionals training in health equity, the impact of social determinants of health on chronic disease management, and the influence of culture and religion on health. Dr White Perkins will work within this program as a physician investigator to research how Social Determinants of Health (SDH) impact the delivery and effectiveness of evidence-based hypertension and diabetes management interventions exploring predictive models that can be integrated into clinical care as a form of precision medicine.


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