Azia Harris-Martin, HILS PhD Student

Azia Harris-Martin

Health Infrastructures and Learning Systems PhD Student
Strategy and Operations Senior Analyst, Optum California


Azia Harris-Martin is a current HILS PhD student and employee of Optum California. Her research interests are the intersectionality between Thermodynamics, Systems Engineering and Learning Health Systems. In her role at Optum she supports the development of the California Strategic and Operating Plan; driving integration work; and participates on an enterprise wide taskforce to create a national plan to operationalize health equity.

Prior to joining at Optum, Azia worked at Kaiser Permanente- Northern California focusing on the implementation of social determinants of health programs, health equity initiatives, and COVID response.

Azia graduated from The University of Michigan – College of Engineering with her B.S.E. in Material Science and Engineering and Emory University – Rollins School of Public Health with her MPH in Health Policy and Management.

Azia enjoys hanging out with family & friends, hiking, travelling, and trying new recipes.

"Of all the forms of inequality, injustice in health is the most shocking and the most inhuman because it often results in physical death." Martin Luther King Jr., MCHR March 1966

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