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Dr. Chiquita Collins
Dr. Chiquita Collins

Established in 2009, The Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence is led by Dr. Chiquita Collins, Associate Dean for Diversity and Cultural Competence.

Chiquita A. Collins, Ph.D.

Dr. Collins is the Associate Dean for the Office of Diversity and Cultural Competence and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is recognized at both state and national levels for her work in health disparities, primarily as it relates to the social context and various societal influences that contribute to health differences (e.g., childhood obesity) among racial/ethnic and across socioeconomic groups.


She has recently co-edited "Advances in Communication Research to Reduce Childhood Obesity" (Springer, 2013) and her article with David R. Williams, "US Socioeconomic and Racial Differences in Health: Patterns and Explanations," received the distinction as one of the most cited in the Annual Review of Sociology during a ten-year span. Her published work was used to help inform the making of the award-winning PBS documentary, Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?


She received her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1996 and has served as a faculty member at the University of Illinois-Chicago, Georgia Institute of Technology, and University of Texas. Dr. Collins was also the health equity research director at Altarum Institute, a nonprofit health systems research and consulting organization serving government and private-sector clients, as well as a consultant with the Office for the Elimination of Health Disparities for the Texas Department of Health and Human Services.


She is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards, such as the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research and the Woodrow Wilson Career Enhancement Fellow.

Dr. Collins grew up in Chicago and earned her doctorate from the University of Michigan in sociology with an emphasis on social demography.

Steering Committee

The steering committee is comprised of the leadership of Johns Hopkins Institutions who have made a commitment to recruit faculty who include members of under-represented racial and ethnic minorities (URMs). The group is charged with advising the dean of the School of Medicine on strategies that will accomplish the goal of recruitment of faculty and the development of leaders that reflect our medical school class and society. 

The committee has been educating itself on the nature of diversity issues, especially regarding recruitment and retention. Through dialogue and presentations – both quantitative and qualitative – they have learned much about the racial and ethnic composition, and personal experiences, of our trainees and faculty who are members of URMs. Additionally, the committee has identified several rationales for addressing diversity issues, including financial and economic, social justice and enhancement of excellence. These strategies will be the basis for the committee’s report to the Dean and to the members of the Advisory Board of the Medical Faculty (ABMF).

As the Committee moves toward creating this report and engaging in dialogue with members of the Advisory Board, they encourage active participation from all.


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