Meet Christopher King, PhD, FACHE

Christopher King

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Bio and Featured Works

As inaugural Dean of the Georgetown University School of Health, Christopher works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to establish a world class academic destination for advancing health. He is also responsible for academic and operational leadership of the school which is currently comprised of three Departments – Human Science, Global Health and Health Management and Policy – representing more than 400 students and 78 faculty.

Prior to his role as Dean, he served as chair of the Department of Health Systems Administration where he provided visionary leadership and oversight of undergraduate degree in Health Care Management and Policy and a nationally accredited master’s degree in Health Systems Administration.

As an associate professor, he teaches and contributes to scholarship on the creation of equitable systems of care within the context of national health reform goals. He works closely with public and private providers to bridge the gap between medical care and healthcare. Prior to joining Georgetown University, Christopher served as the first Assistant Vice President of Community Health for MedStar Health, a $6B not-for-profit healthcare system comprised of 10 hospitals in the Baltimore/Washington region. Accomplishments included planning, launching and managing a new corporate function designed to apply more rigor and evidence in community-based planning, implementation and evaluation. He was also responsible for developing, testing and evaluating innovative approaches to integrate social factors in systems of care.

Prior to his work with MedStar Health, Christopher served as a director for Greater Baden Medical Services, Inc., a Federally Qualified Health Center in southern Maryland. During his four-year tenure, he managed federal grants, oversaw support services and secured more than $7M in public and private grants to promote health equity and improve the health of vulnerable and underserved populations. Through volunteer work, he has spearheaded regional efforts to heighten awareness of how racism, discrimination and implicit bias influence individual and population health. Christopher is an active member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and has been a contributor to Healthcare Executive magazine. He has conducted health disparity and health equity presentations to national audiences. And as a former senior fellow of the Health Research & Educational Trust (HRET), Christopher represents an esteemed group of national thought leaders dedicated to transforming health care through research and education. His national investigations on screening and barriers to care among cancer survivors by race and ethnicity were published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine and the American Journal of Medical Quality. His thought leadership around Black Lives and the Triple Aim has been published in the Journal of the National Medical Association.

Christopher is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and he currently serves as Secretary of the DC Hospital Association Board of Directors. He has also been an advisor for the DC Department of Health State Innovation Model, Adventist HealthCare’s Center for Health Equity and Wellness and the Maryland Governor’s Wellmobile Program. In 2019, he was appointed a Commissioner for the District of Columbia Commission on Health Equity. In 2020, he authored Health Disparities in the Black Community: An Imperative for Racial Equity and most recently, his work on Race, Place and Structural Racism in the District of Columbia was published in Health Affairs – the nation’s leading peer-reviewed journal on health, healthcare and policy.

The Washington Business Journal has recognized him as one of the region’s top minority business leaders.

Expertise

Health Disparities, Public Health, Racial Equity, Social Determinants of Health

Academic Appointment(s)

Primary

Associate Professor, SOH – Health Management and Policy Academic Department

Secondary

Dean, School of Health

Featured media, scholarship, and events

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Christopher King Will Be Honored at the National Association of Health Services Executives – Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter’s 2022 Healthcare Leaders Reception

September 26th, 2022

On Wednesday, September 28, 2022, the National Association of Health Services Executives – Washington Metropolitan Area Chapter held its annual celebration of healthcare executives, recognizing distinguished healthcare leaders for their contributions in their respective communities. Dr. Christopher King was one of the 2022 Distinguished Honorees.…

Protest in fron of the Supreme Court. The posters on display say: "Reform can't wait" and "Universal healthcare"

“Race, Place, And Structural Racism: A Review Of Health And History In Washington, D.C.”

February 8th, 2022

Dr. Christopher King and his co-authors do a historical review of policies, practices, and events that have sustained systemic racism on the health of the United States. It focuses on Washington, D.C.—a city with a legacy of Black plurality — , while also reflecting on the national landscape, policies and events that socially, economically, and politically disenfranchised Black residents, yielding stark differences in health outcomes among Washington, D.C. populations.…

Dr. King at the "Race, Place, And Structural Racism: A Review Of Health And History In DC" event

Christopher King Moderated Health Affairs Event about Structural Racism and Health Outcomes in DC

February 7th, 2022

On Monday February 7, 2022, Dr. Christopher King, along with Amanda Michelle Gomez, moderated the “Race, Place, And Structural Racism: A Review Of Health And History In DC” discussion, hosted by Health Affairs. Dr. King provided historical background on the relationship between structural racism and historical events socially, economically, and politically disenfranchised Black residents in the District of Columbia, which have yielded stark differences in health outcomes by race and place.…

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“Medical Humanities Initiative Creates Novel Learning Opportunities with Interdisciplinary Students and Faculty”, The Georgetown University Medical Center Covers the Work of the Medical Humanities Initiative

January 28th, 2021

The Georgetown University Medical Center wrote about the novel learning opportunities that the Georgetown University Medical Humanities Initiative provides for undergraduate and medical students, by extending classical humanities studies into the realm of illness and disease.…

The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans event featuring Dr. Christopher King, Kaya Henderson, L. Toni Lewis, Charlene Tarver, and Soyica Diggs Colbert.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Black Americans

June 25th, 2020

In this conversation, hosted by the Black Alumni of Georgetown and the Georgetown University Alumni Association, faculty and alumni experts including Christopher King explored the impact of COVID-19 on Black communities and examined how communities can be rebuilt and better protected.…

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The Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies Presents Report, Co-Authored by Dr. Christopher King, on Health Disparities in the Black Community

June 2nd, 2020

The Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies presents the Health Disparities in the Black Community: An Imperative for Racial Equity in the District of Columbia, co-authored by Dr. Christopher King. This report illuminates entrenched health and socioeconomic disparities that help explain why approximately three quarters of the deaths associated with COVID-19 in Washington DC have been among the African American community.…