The Wisconsin Partnership Program at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health is pleased to announce that Amy Kind, MD, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Medicine, has been appointed to the Partnership’s Oversight and Advisory Committee (OAC). Kind was nominated by Dean Robert N. Golden, MD, and unanimously appointed to the OAC by the UW Systems Board of Regents. Kind fills the position formerly held by Cindy Haq, MD.
Kind is associate professor and director of the Health Services and Care Research Program in the Department of Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. She also holds leadership roles at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital as Associate Director-Clinical of the Geriatrics Research, Education and Clinical Center and Director of the Dementia and Cognitive Care Clinic.
Kind leads a robust research program focused on assessing and improving care for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. She strives to develop novel ways to eliminate health disparities through innovative research in health policy and clinical programs.
In addition, Kind is a national leader in the field of neighborhood-level socioeconomic contextual disparities, especially as they relate to brain health and Medicare policy. Her expertise and extensive experience in population health and health disparities will greatly inform and enhance the work of the OAC.
The OAC is a nine-member panel including representatives of urban and rural areas, the Office of the Commissioner of Insurance and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. The committee directs and approves funds for public health initiatives and provides public representation through the OAC’s four community members.
The Wisconsin Partnership Program was established at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health in 2004, through an endowment gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield United of Wisconsin’s conversion to a stock insurance corporation. To date, the Wisconsin Partnership Program has awarded more than 450 research, education and community partnership grants toward improving the health of the people of Wisconsin.