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.
Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), is driven to reduce racial disparities in end-of-life care. Johnson is creating a new research program, which she will direct, on health disparities in palliative care among underserved populations. “I have always been deeply moved by the experiences of patients who are near the end of life,” Dr. Johnson said. “At some point, it became clear to me that this experience was different for African Americans.”
Kimberly Johnson, MD, associate professor of medicine (Geriatrics), is featured in this PBS Newshour report on why African-American seniors are less likely to use hospice.
The Duke Translational Medicine Institute has been awarded a five-year grant of more than $47 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The Department of Medicine Minority Recruitment an
Heather Whitson, MD, MHS, assistant professor medicine (Geriatrics) and ophthalmolog