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Henry B. Perry, MD

  • Senior Scientist

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615 N. Wolfe Street
Room E8537
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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PhD, Johns Hopkins University, 1976
MD, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1974
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 1971


My primary research interest is in the impact of community-based primary health care programs on health improvement, especially on the health of mothers and children. I have a broad interest in primary health care and community-oriented public health, community participation, and equity and empowerment.

A secondary research interest concerns health systems strengthening and strengthening basic and essential surgical services in developing countries.

For an overview of Dr. Perry's career in global health, a video can be found at

Honors and Awards

Carl Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award, International Health Section of the American Public Health Association, 2015

Ronald McDonald House Charities Award for Medical Excellence, 2013

Gordon-Wyon Award for Excellence in Community-Oriented Public Health, Epidemiology and Practice, given by the International Health Section of the American Public Health Association, 2009

Dory Storms Child Survival Recognition Award “for exceptional efforts resulting in more effective child survival program implementation and increased impact in improving the health of the poorest of the poor including mothers, children and infants in underserved communitiers throughout the world" given by the CORE Group (Collaboration and Resources for Child and Maternal Health), a membership organization of over 50 citizen-supported NGOs that work in resource-poor settings to promote the health of mothers, children and communities, 2009

Honorary Lifetime Membership, American Academy of Physician Assistants, 1985

  • primary health care, community health, community-based primary health care, community-oriented public health, surgical services in developing countries, management of NGOs in the health sector of developing countries, health systems strengthening

The following are representative publications.

  • Perry H, Morrow M, Davis T, Borger S, Weiss J, DeCoster M, et al. Care Groups II: a summary of the child survival outcomes achieved using volunteer community health workers in resource-constrained settings. Global Health: Science and Practice. 2015;3(3):370-381. 

  • Perry HB, Zulliger R, Rogers MM. Community Health Workers in Low-, Middle- and High-Income Countries: An Overview of Their History, Recent Evolution, and Current Effectiveness. 2014. Annual Review of Public Health 35:22.1-22.23. 

  • Perry H and Crigler L. (eds.). Developing and Strengthening Community Health Worker Programs at Scale: A Reference Guide and Case Studies for Program Managers and Policy Makers. 2014. Washington, DC: USAID/MCHIP (available at:


  • Perry H, Berggren W, Berggren G, Dowell D, Menager H, Bottex E, Dortonne JR, Philippe F, and Cayemittes M. 2007. Long-term reductions in under-five mortality in the Hôpital Albert Schweitzer service area in rural Haiti: The effects of a comprehensive health and development system in a severely impoverished setting. American Journal of Public Health 97:240-6.

  • Perry H, Robison N, Chavez D, Taja O, Hilari C, Shanklin D, and Wyon J. 1999. Attaining Health for All through community partnerships: Principles of the census-based, impact-oriented approach developed in Bolivia, South America. Social Science and Medicine 48:1053-1067.