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Roderick K. King, MD, MPH
Senior Faculty, The Disparities Solutions Center
Executive Director, Florida Public Health Institute
Associate Professor, Department of Public Health and Epidemiology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Instructor, Department of Global Health and Social Medicine Harvard Medical School

Dr. Roderick K. King is currently Senior Faculty, MGH Disparities Solutions Center and faculty in the Department of Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School. His academic work/teaching and key consulting roles focus on leadership and organizational development in community based organizations; public health, health workforce planning; diversity and cultural competence; and evaluation and program impact assessment that address the social determinants of health disparities. Dr. King also teaches the course “Leadership in Minority Health Policy” at Harvard Medical School.

Prior to joining The Disparities Solutions Center, Dr. King was the New England Regional Director for the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a branch of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and was Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service. At HRSA he was responsible for the overall management of $190M in grants and the supervision of staff and activities in Primary Care, Maternal and Child Health, HIV/AID, and BHPr by improving their individual and collective performance within their local community and state to meet the needs of underserved populations. During his tenure with HRSA, Dr. King was selected as a Council in Excellence in Government Fellow and received numerous awards and citations for his work in developing a performance evaluation system for HRSA grant programs and the development of HRSA´s first Balanced Score Card.

Dr. King earned a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College with honors in research. Upon completing a residency in pediatrics at the Children's National Medical Center,

Washington, D.C. in 1995, he received the Teachers for Africa Award and served as a Senior Lecturer at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, West Africa providing public health instruction to those providing care to populations in rural areas. In 1997, Dr. King was selected for the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship in Minority Health Policy Program. He led a project with the Division of Violence Prevention at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Injury Prevention, to evaluate the U.S. Child Death Review process and its applicability as an injury surveillance tool. He continued his health policy work with the Senior Health Policy Internship at the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services where he developed a model to review health workforce planning for the New England Region with HRSA’s Bureau of Health Professions.

Dr. King’s rich experiences with diverse and underserved communities in the United States and abroad affords him the unique ability to create and implement strategies that lead change in health/health care, public health, and health policy. He is a Director for the Oral Health Foundation of Massachusetts and Chair of their Grantmaking Committee.

Selected Publications

King RK, Green AR, Tan-McGrory A, Donahue EJ, Kimbrough-Sugick J, Betancourt JR. A plan for action: key perspectives from the racial/ethnic disparities strategy forum. Milbank Q. 2008 Jun;86(2):241-72.

Coombs, A., King, R. Workplace Discrimination: Experiences of Practicing Physicians. Journal of the National Medical Association. April 2005; 97: 467-477.

Public Health Reports. Special Issue: Health Disparities in America: Coeditors Roderick King, MD, MPH, Joseph Betancourt, MD, MPH (Release date 7/03).

Betancourt JR, King RK. Unequal treatment: the Institute of Medicine report and its public health implications. Public Health Rep. 2003 Jul-Aug;118(4):287-92.

King, R.K., Brooks, D., Moncrease, A., Shekar, S., Reede, J. Using Collaborations to develop a Diverse Health Professions Workforce, 128th APHA Annual meeting, November 2000.

Betancourt, J., King, R. Diversity in Health Care: Expanding our Perspectives, The Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine – Editorial, September 2000, vol. 154 no. 9.

Balk, S.J., Betancourt, J.R., Chicoye, L.S., Cora-Bramble, D., King, R.K., Sherman, J.M., Stout, J. Asthma in Minorities, Patient Care. May 2000: vol 34 no.9.

King, R.K.  So You want to be a Doctor? Career Opportunities Grow in Health and Biomedicine, The Black Collegian, February 2000.

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