Kimberlydawn Wisdom, MD, MS, Senior VP, Community Health & Equity, and Chief Wellness & Diversity Officer
Christine Joseph, PhD, Senior Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health Sciences
Founded in 1915 by auto pioneer Henry Ford, the Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is now one of the nation's leading health care providers. HFHS is a not-for-profit corporation, comprised of hospitals, medical centers and one of the nation's largest group practices. With more than 30,000 employees, Henry Ford Health System is the fifth-largest employer in metro Detroit. Henry Ford Health System is committed to improving the health and well-being of the diverse Michigan community.
Henry Ford Health System (HFHS) is a large integrated health care system of approximately 1,000 physicians and over 80 senior research scientists located in Detroit and beyond. HFHS aims to achieve the goal of seven pillars of performance – people, services, growth, finance, research, education, and quality – in everyday service delivery and research partnerships. Collaborative research in the public health sciences is supported through several partnerships within HFHS and with the community. The Health Disparities Research Collaborative (HDRC) serves to connect and support the development and conduct of research on racial and ethnic health disparities and to promote collaborative projects across disciplines. The Institute on Multicultural Health studies the disparities in healthcare among people from underrepresented racial and ethnic populations with programs that aim to develop culturally appropriate partnerships between researchers, patients, health care providers and the community. HFHS is currently part of the Community Health Collaborative. Previous research programs have supported a health care equity campaign (AIM-ITI) as well as focused on capacity-building to help community organizations promote health.