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Ejura Y Salihu, MSc., MA

Teaching Assistant

Ejura's research includes patient perspectives and aims to improve the health outcomes of vulnerable populations living with chronic diseases. With an understanding of the complex social and health factors affecting these populations, she wants to drive positive change and empower individuals to lead healthier lives. She has experience in survey design, allowing her to collect comprehensive and reliable data that sheds light on the experiences and needs of vulnerable populations. She also possesses strong stakeholder engagement skills, recognizing the importance of involving communities and key stakeholders in the research process to ensure their voices are heard, and their perspectives are considered. 

Ejura's superpower lies in her ability to seamlessly integrate various disciplines to understand complex health issues and promote interdisciplinary collaboration.

Ejura Yetunde Salihu is a Ph.D. candidate in the Social and Administrative Sciences Division at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Pharmacy.

Her research endeavors involve the application of socio-behavioral theories and community-engaged research principles to advance health equity initiatives, specifically the dissemination and implementation of culturally-tailored health promotion programs for marginalized communities. Her dissertation studies the adaptation and dissemination of a culturally adapted falls-prevention program within African American/Black and Latinx communities in Milwaukee. This study holds immense significance in improving the well-being and safety of elders in these communities.

Prior to her academic pursuits in the United States, Ejura earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Anatomy from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and the University of Nigeria, respectively. She also holds a second master's degree in Sociology from Western Illinois University.

Selected Awards

  • Teaching of Excellence Award
  • Patient Scholarship
  • Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholarship
  • Dr. Won M. Hurh Memorial Graduate Thesis Award 
  • International Commitment Scholarship Award 

Ejura has teaching experience in different disciplines, including Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Sociology, and Pharmacy. This multidisciplinary teaching background has allowed her to contribute to the design and delivery of engaging, inclusive, and innovative classes that transcend traditional boundaries. Driven by a commitment to inclusivity, Ejura strives to make her students feel welcome and valued. This promotes an inclusive learning environment where diverse voices are heard and respected.

Highlighted Publications:

Salihu, E. Y., Ebert Wallace, L. (2022). Use and attitudes toward complementary and alternative medicine among university students: The role of gender and race. Journal of American College Health: J of ACH, 1–10. Advance online publication.

Shiyanbola, O. O., Maurer, M., Schwerer, L., Sarkarati, N., Wen, M. J., Salihu, E. Y., Nordin, J., Xiong, P., Egbujor, U. M., Williams, S. D. (2022). A Culturally Tailored Diabetes Self-Management Intervention Incorporating Race-Congruent Peer Support to Address Beliefs, Medication Adherence, and Diabetes Control in African Americans: A Pilot Feasibility Study. Patient preference and adherence, 16, 2893–2912.

Anyanwu G.E., Salihu E.Y, Nweze S.O. Atuadu V.O. (2020). Antifertility Effect of Aqueous Leaf Extract of Vernonia Amygdalina in Adult Female Wistar Rats. EC Clinical and Experimental Anatomy 6,01-09.