Faculty

Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE, Jean Edward, PhD, RN, CHPE, is an Assistant Professor at the Center for Health Services Research, holding a joint appointment in the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing. Prior to her position at the CHSR, she was an assistant professor at the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Dr. Edward's program of research is focused on promoting equity in access to healthcare for underserved communities by examining the influence of social determinants, such as health literacy, on disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. The foundation to her program of research was a study funded by the Kentucky Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau International that used a mixed method, community-based approach to examine the social determinants of healthcare access among Hispanic/Latino immigrants in Louisville, KY. Her recent study, funded by the University of Massachusetts, was an interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research project examining health literacy and its impact on access to health insurance and healthcare services for Spanish-speaking communities across Massachusetts. Her current research focuses on developing culturally and linguistically tailored interventions promoting health insurance literacy and healthcare decision-making in underserved communities across KY.
Dr. Edward's areas of research expertise include health disparities, social determinants of health, health literacy and health insurance literacy, healthcare reform, immigrant health and Geographic Information Systems. She has taught doctoral courses on social and behavioral determinants of health, health disparities, global health and healthcare policy.


Laura Fanucchi, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Fanucchi graduated from Emory University School of Medicine and completed a residency in Internal Medicine at New York – Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell where she served an additional year as Quality Improvement Chief Resident. She also received a Masters in Public Health from Emory University and completed the University of Kentucky Gatton Executive Leadership Program.  Her research focus is on improving the care of hospitalized and medically-complicated patients with addiction. Dr. Fanucchi is currently the site PI for an intervention to integrate buprenorphine treatment for opioid use disorder in HIV primary care taking place at the University of Kentucky Bluegrass Care Clinic and funded by AIDS United through the Dissemination of Evidence-Informed Interventions initiative of the Health Resources Services Administration / Special Projects of National Significance.          


Jing Li

Jing Li, MD, MS, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. She is also the Administrative Director of the Center for Health Services Research. She graduated from Tianjin Medical University and completed residency training in anesthesiology at the Tianjin Medical University General Hospital and subsequent clinical research training. In 2002, she completed a Master degree in Computer & Information Sciences from University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Li has 13 years of experience and expertise in research methodologies, quality improvement, and program implementation & evaluation. She has directed multiple projects and collaboratives to develop community coalitions, promote team-based care, improve care coordination, and enhance in-setting & cross-setting teamwork. Prior to coming to UK, Dr. Li co-developed & led three statewide quality improvement programs, which were implemented in 60+ hosptials in Illinois to promote system and culture change, optimize processes, and improve patient care. Previously, she worked at the Alabama Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for 6 years and focused on improving health care through process improvement, performance measurement and health information technology. Dr. Li has received funding from NIH, PCORI, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois.    


Brittany L. Smalls, PhD, MHSA, is an Assistant Professor in the Center for Health Services Research and Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to CHSR, she was Senior Project Manager at Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Surgery and Public Health and a member of faculty at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
   Dr. Smalls' research interests include health disparities, global health, and social determinants of health within the confines of complex chronic illnesses. Her work has included the assessment of social determinants of health on type 2 diabetes health outcomes, specifically community and neighborhood characteristics. Currently, Dr. Smalls is redirecting her research to focus on the burden of complex chronic illness in the older population, the impact of social determinants, and the development of patient-centered interventions to alleviate identified burdens.
Dr. Smalls has earned her Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the College of Charleston, a Master's in Health Services Administration from Strayer University, and a doctorate in Health and Rehabilitation Science with a concentration in Health Services Research from the Medical University of South Carolina.


 Hilary L. Surratt, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Center for Health Services Research and the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky. Before coming to CHSR, she was Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Applied Research on Substance Use and Health Disparities at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She also maintains an affiliation as a Guest Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
   Dr. Surratt has expertise in the areas of illicit and prescription drug abuse, prescription drug diversion, and drug-related HIV infection. Her work has included the development and evaluation of behavioral HIV and HCV interventions for vulnerable substance abusing populations, as well as epidemiologic studies of prescription drug diversion, including opioid analgesics and antiretroviral medications. She has served as PI or Co-Investigator on more than 10 NIH-funded studies, and has substantial experience with cross-cultural research, having previously served as a senior investigator on several HIV prevention/intervention initiatives in Brazil and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Her current research focuses on the examination of syringe exchange programs in Kentucky and the development of targeted interventions to link prescription opioid injectors to substance abuse treatment.
   Dr. Surratt has published widely in both English and foreign-language journals in the areas of substance abuse, drug diversion, HIV/AIDS, violence, and drug policy. She has authored or co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is an active participant in professional meetings, both in the United States and internationally.  She obtained her BS in Psychology from the University of Florida, an MA in Sociology/Latin American Studies from the University of Florida, and a Doctorate in Psychology from the Graduate School & University Center, City University of New York. 



Dr. Mark V. WilliamsMark V. Williams, MD, FACP, MHM, serves as Professor and Vice-Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine, and Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at the University of Kentucky. After graduating from  Emory University School of Medicine, he completed a residency in internal medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Williams established the first hospitalist program at a public hospital in 1998, and built two of the largest academic hospitalist programs in the U.S. at Emory (1998-2007) and Northwestern (2007-2013) Universities. A Past President of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Founding Editor of the Journal of Hospital Medicine, he actively promotes the role of hospitalists as leaders in delivery of health care to hospitalized patients. He serves as Principal Investigator for SHM’s Project BOOST (Better Outcomes by Optimizing Safe Transitions). With previous funding from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, Aetna Foundation, California Health Care Foundation, NIND, HHS, AHRQ, BlueCross BlueShield of Illinois, and PCORI and more than 100 peer-reviewed publications including in journals such as JAMANew England Journal of Medicine, and Annals of Internal Medicine, Dr. Williams focuses on quality improvement, care transitions, teamwork and the role of health literacy in the delivery of health care. 

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