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Who's in CHARGE?: Joseph Kim, MD

May 25, 2023

Who's in CHARGE? spotlights a member of the AAMC Collaborative for Health equity: Act, Research, Generate Evidence (CHARGE), a forum for investigators, clinicians, and community partners who design and implement research and policy that eliminates health and health care inequities. Today we’re featuring Joseph Kim, MD, a consultation liaison psychiatrist and internal medicine hospitalist at Montefiore Medical Center in Sacramento, California. As an AAMC CHARGE Ambassador, Joseph will host the June AAMC CHARGE coffee break, Community Healing Through Art and Poetry.

Joseph Kim MD

What sparked your interest in health equity or health disparities work?

Access and decreasing barriers to minimize the gap in health disparities is an important reason why I wanted to become a physician. And as a physician, I’ve pushed myself to become a more active participant, to use my voice to elevate the voices and needs of my patients.

Why does health equity matter in general? Why should health equity matter to other people?

Because everyone deserves the opportunity to live the healthiest life possible no matter who they are, where they live, and what they do. There is no time like the present and there is no minute to waste!

What health equity project are you most proud of or excited about?

I started a resident physician-led outpatient complex care coordination program for patients who struggle with co-morbid medical and psychiatric illness and visited the Emergency Department multiple times during the year. I reached out to and enrolled patients into the program, which provides coordination of care across primary care, subspecialists, mental health providers, and community resources like housing, food, transportation, and economic security.

What’s the first concert you ever went to?
I went solo to my first concert. It was Jack Johnson at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley!

You can meet other health equity champions like Joseph in the AAMC CHARGE virtual community. Interested in nominating yourself or a colleague for a Who’s In CHARGE? member spotlight?

Submit your nomination here

Art piece from Silent Anatomies. A hand holds up a book of old photos of people and microscope slide in front of a medical illustration of lungs labeled Metal Lungs and some Chinese calligraphy.

AAMC CHARGE Coffee Break: Community Healing through Art and Poetry

Join AAMC CHARGE and visual poet Monica Ong on June 14 at 1 p.m. ET to explore the power of art to break the silence around health. Art can be a space for people to speak without the risk of "losing face" or dishonoring loved ones about topics like mental health, gender, sexuality, domestic and sexual violence, family, language, and the complex intersections where medical information and deeply held cultural beliefs and biases collide. Could reading poetry by authors from diverse communities also be another form of qualitative data that helps to illuminate the unique social and cultural spaces where important health choices play out and help develop cultural competence in health practitioners? How can art spaces, books, and events create spaces that can ease communities out of silence and towards health and well-being?