Amy J. H. Kind, MD, PhD, associate dean for social health sciences and programs, serves as a thought leader for the social health sciences, including mechanistic health disparities research, and provides leadership or oversight of an array of programs and initiatives focused on understanding and eliminating health disparities.

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She oversees the school’s current and future signature initiatives focused on researching the mechanisms that underlie health disparities so that these drivers of inequity can be targeted and addressed. Kind serves as founding director of the Center for Health Disparities Research and faculty executive director of the Wisconsin Partnership Program, and provides oversight of the Milwaukee-based Center for Community Engagement and Health Partnerships. She fosters alignment among health equity and health disparity research efforts to foster collaboration, impact, innovation, capacity, and sustainability.

Kind obtained her medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in 2001. She completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, followed by a geriatrics fellowship at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics and fellowship in older women’s health at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital. In 2011, she earned a PhD in population health sciences from the School of Medicine and Public Health.

She is a professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Geriatrics and Gerontology with a clinical interest in Alzheimer’s disease, and serves in other leaderships roles, including leader of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s Dementia Care Research Core and founder of the Department of Medicine's Health Services and Care Research Program.

Kind is an international leader in mechanistic health disparities research, including studying the social exposome — the sum of social and environmental exposures people experience during their lifetime — and designing interventions to improve patient care in low-resource areas.  Among numerous other honors, she has received the NIH Beeson Award and the American Geriatrics Society Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation.