Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research


Center Staff

Jerry C. Johnson, M.D. – Project Director

Jerry C. Johnson, M.D.

Jerry Johnson, M.D., Professor of Medicine and Chief, Geriatric Medicine Division, University of Pennsylvania, is nationally recognized for expertise and leadership in aging and minority health care and faculty development. He is former Chair of the Clinical Medicine Section of the Gerontological Society of America, and former President of the American Geriatrics Society.

From 1993 to the present, he led a HRSA (Health Resources and Services Administration) -funded Center of Excellence for Diversity in Health Education and Research, a Center which aims to assist in the recruitment and development of minority faculty and students and to facilitate and conduct education and research on minority health issues. Since 2002, he has been a member of the Geriatric Medicine Advisory Panel of the National Committee for Quality Assurance, charged with establishing quality standards relevant to older adults, and in 2006, he was appointed to the Health Services Research Training Review Panel of the Agency for Health Care Quality and Research. From 2009 to 2011, he co-chaired the dementia measurement workgroup of the Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement and was a member of the National Quality Forum Working Group on Cultural Competence and Health Disparities Measures.

Dr. Johnson has been a Principal Investigator (PI) or co-investigator of multiple research projects aimed at eliminating health disparities including a Resource Center for Minority Aging Research. One of Dr. Johnson’s most cherished accomplishments is co-founding the Philadelphia Area Research Community Coalition, a community academic coalition dedicated to conducting health research and health education beneficial to the communities of West and SouthWest Philadelphia. His current research interests focus on partnerships with community based organizations for purposes of conducting sustainable research that will improve the health of vulnerable populations.

In 1970, Dr. Johnson obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Denver prior to an MD degree from Case Western Reserve University in 1974. From 1974-1977, he was in residency in internal medicine at the North Carolina Memorial Hospital in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Subsequently he was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania before joining the faculty in 1979. As Director of the University’s Geriatric Medicine Fellowship program from 1979-1997, Dr. Johnson has mentored over 40 fellows, many of whom have assumed leadership positions in geriatrics and in academia.

Beverly T. Williams, M.S., J.D.

Deputy Director

Lynne Taylor, Ph.D.

Evaluation Specialist

Tara Hayden, MPH

Associate Director for Community Based and Health Disparities Research

Jennine Groce-Martin

Community Liaison Coordinator

Scarlette Bellamy, Sc.D

Bio-Statistician

Tyeshia Kelly

Administrative Coordinator & Webmaster

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