Jennifer Richmond

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Jennifer Richmond’s research interests lie in exploring the social determinants of health among African-Americans and the roles racial discrimination, neighborhood conditions, and medical mistrust play in health outcomes. She is also interested in understanding and improving the quality and value of care that African-Americans receive from the health system. In her career, she aims to explore connections between these research interests (e.g., how receiving poor quality health care may contribute to medical mistrust) and to participate in interdisciplinary efforts that translate research results into policy.

MORE ABOUT JENNIFER
Jennifer Richmond is a third-year doctoral student in the Department of Health Behavior at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Jennifer grew up in Burlington, North Carolina, and earned a Bachelor’s degree in Health Policy and Management with a minor in African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked at the American Institutes for Research for over seven years where she supports research focused on increasing patient and family engagement in health care and understanding the role of evidence in health care decision-making.

DISSERTATION GRANT AWARDEE — MAY 2019
Reducing Racial Disparities in Health Services Use: Exploring the Role of Racial Equity Training for Nurse Navigators and Improved Measurement of Trust in Health Care

Study 1 of this project assessed whether patients with early-stage lung cancer who were paired with nurse navigators that received racial equity training were more likely to receive surgical treatment than patients paired with usual care navigators. Study 2 of this project focused on the development and validation of measures of trust in three health care entities: the Trust in My Doctor (T-MD), Trust in Doctors in General (T-DiG), and Trust in the Health Care System (T-HCS) scales. This project’s results can inform health organizations’ decisions about requiring racial equity training for staff and help researchers measure whether new interventions and policies improve patient trust.

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