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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

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.

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