Amy Kind

Credentials: MD, PhD



Amy Kind 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 ADI as a novel eligibility criteria for one of its national disparities programs.