Center for Healthcare Equity in Kidney Disease

The Center for Healthcare Equity in Kidney Disease (CHEK-D) works alongside faculty and staff in the Nephrology Division to accomplish mutual goals in increasing equitable access to kidney care for vulnerable and underserved populations. Our projects focus on a wide variety of issues including healthcare processes, social determinants of health, and quality of life. By examining these factors, CHEK-D and the Nephrology Division can identify and research ways to improve the health of our community.

Leadership

The Center for Healthcare Equity in Kidney Disease was established in September 2017, under the Directorship of Dr. Larissa Myaskovsky. Dr. Myaskovsky has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher, educator, and mentor. With multidisciplinary training in social psychology & clinical epidemiology, she has pursued a research career focused on bringing social & behavioral science to bear on the field of health services research. Her federally funded research focuses on the social determinants of health and using a multi-method and multi-disciplinary approach to identify and understand disparities in healthcare processes and outcomes; and to develop interventions to reduce health disparities in people with kidney disease and other chronic conditions. She has taught courses on healthcare disparities, research design, medical writing, and grant writing, and mentors junior faculty, fellows, and graduate students.

CHEK-D was established by a generous donation from Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) to UNM HSC to create a disparities research center focused on kidney disease to “significantly and positively influence the impact the research, education, and outreach activities of those faculty pursuing reduction in healthcare and health outcome disparities in the realm of kidney transplants, polycystic kidney disease, acute kidney injury, and other kidney-related conditions.

You can see all the work that is happening at CHEK-D at the following web site: https://hsc.unm.edu/research/centers-programs/chek-d/