Amy Kind, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics



Amy Kind, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health, founding Director of the UW Department of Medicine Health Services and Care Research Program, Director of the Madison VA Dementia and Cognitive Care Clinic, and Associate Director-Clinical for the Madison VA GRECC. As a practicing geriatrician and a PhD health services/implementation scientist, she leads a robust research program focused on assessing and improving care for highly vulnerable and disadvantaged older adult populations, especially those with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and other dementias. Dr. Kind strives to develop novel ways to eliminate health disparities through innovative research in health outcomes, health policy and clinical programs. She is a national leader in the field of neighborhood-level socioeconomic contextual disparities, especially as they relate to health outcomes and Medicare policy. The updated neighborhood disadvantage metric---the Area Deprivation Index (ADI)---incorporates poverty, education, housing and employment indicators; predicts disparity-related health outcomes; and is employed by multiple US States and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) through our provision. CMS is now using our ADI as a novel eligibility criteria for one of its national disparities programs. Dr. Kind receives R01 funding to support this research from the NIH/NIMHD (PI: Kind), and she serves as a technical expert on these issues for CMS. She also leads efforts to determine the impact of timing and dosage of neighborhood disadvantage exposure on Alzheimer’s Disease, with particular interest in outcomes of AD-specific pathologic features, vascular burden and cognitive decline (NIH/NIA R01, PI: Kind; MPI: Bendlin). Furthermore, Dr. Kind designs, leads and assesses systems interventions which improve care for high-risk older adult patients with AD, and which are particularly applicable in low-resource and safety-net hospital settings. Some of these programs have disseminated widely. One of these, the Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program, is a low-cost, mostly phone-based intervention designed to improve hospital-to-home transitions, has disseminated to multiple US hospitals, and is the focus of a 5-year NIH/NIA-funded randomized controlled trial (PI: Kind) and a 2-year CMS pilot grant for dissemination to highly disadvantaged areas

Research Funding

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Contextual Disadvantage and Alzheimer's Disease 
NIH/NIA, 9/15/17-6/30/22
Role: Principal Investigator

Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and Medicare's 30-Day Rehospitalization
NIH/NIMHD, 9/23/15-6/30/20
Role: Principal Investigator

The Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program: A Randomized Controlled Trial to Test a Low-Cost Intervention Designed to Improve Transitions for Patients with Dementia
NIH/NIA, 4/1/14-3/31/19
Role: Principal Investigator

African Americans Fighting Alzheimer's in Midlife (AA-FAiM)
NIH/NIA, 8/1/16-4/30/21
Role: Co-Investigator

Recent Publications (selected)

Hu J, Kind AJH, Nerenz D. Area deprivation index predicts readmission risk at an urban teaching hospital. Am J Med Qual. In press.

Bishop-Fitzpatrick L, Kind AJH. A Scoping Review of Health Disparities in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2017;47(11):3380-91.

King B, Gilmore-Bykovskyi A, Roberts T, Kennelty K, Mirr J, Gehring M, Kind AJH. Impact of Hospital Context on Transitioning Patients from Hospital to Skilled Nursing Facility: A Grounded Theory Study. The Gerontologist, 2017. Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnx012. NIHMSID: NIHMS850413.

Kind AJH, Brenny-Fitzpatrick M, Leahy-Gross K, Mirr J, Chapman E, Frey B, Houlahan B.  Harnessing Protocolized Adaptation in Dissemination: Successful Implementation and Sustainment of the VA Coordinated-Transitional Care (C-TraC) Program in a Non-VA Hospital. Journal of American Geriatrics Society. 2016;64(2):409-16. PMCID: PMC4760859.

Kind AJH, Jencks S, Brock J, Yu M, Bartels C, Ehlenbach W, Greenberg C & Smith M.  Neighborhood Socioeconomic Disadvantage and 30 Day Rehospitalization: A Retrospective Cohort Study. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2014. 161(11):765-774. PMCID: PMC4251560. PMC4251560.

Kind AJH, Jensen LL, Kennelty KA. Far Too Easy: Opioid Diversion During the Transition from Hospital to Nursing Home. Journal of American Geriatrics Society, 2014. 62(11):2229-2231. PMCID: PMC4765370.

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