Community has always been central in the life of Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics) and director of the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity—also known as the REACH Equity Center.

Dr. Johnson grew up in tiny Winstonville, Mississippi, just outside Mound Bayou, a town founded by former slaves in 1887. She was aware that barriers to her success existed in the larger world, yet inside her all-black community, surrounded by grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins, the sky was the limit.

“Probably more than anything else, I’m a product of my community,” she says.

Two faculty from the Department of Medicine have been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM).

The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is seeking applications for an internal mentored research career development award. Applications are due Dec. 16, 2019. Letters of intent due by Sept. 30. Potential applications are encouraged to attend an info session on Sept. 5 and to apply for the application preparation program by Aug. 19.

Kimberly Johnson, MD, and Laura Svetkey, MD, MHS, will lead an information session on three research funding opportunities that may be of interest to under-represented groups on Tues., Oct. 23, from 5-6:30 p.m., in Duke Medicine Pavilion Room 2W96.

Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), was the featured guest on WUNC's "The State of Things" on Mon., June 4.

The Department of Medicine Chair’s Office and Minority Recruitment and Retention Committee, School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion, and School of Nursing are co-sponsoring a special event on Friday, January 12, 2018, to highlight health disparities research at Duke University. Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), will present "REACH Equity: Responding to the 'Fierce urgency of now.'"

It is no small matter that terminally ill African-Americans patients enroll in hospice less often than white patients. Lower participation contributes to health disparities between the races.

African-American patients are less likely than white patients to have their pain adequately diagnosed and treated, for one. They less often obtain medicine to treat pain and are less satisfied with communication and overall care from health providers.

When geriatrician Kimberly Johnson, MD, MHS, first observed these differences as a resident in the 1990s, she understood immediately that physicians needed to address them. So she did.

Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics) and senior fellow in the Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development, has received one of 12 NIH awards to fund a specialized research center designed to conduct multidisciplinary research, research training and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health and reducing health disparities.

Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), will receive funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the barriers and facilitators of advance-care planning for different racial groups.

Fourteen faculty from the Department of Medicine were chosen as Duke Health Scholars and Duke Health Fellows. This inaugural program was created with a transfer of funds from the Duke University Health System. Its aim is to support the research efforts and enhance the academic success of early to mid-career clinician-scientists in School of Medicine clinical departments.


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