Kimberly R. Enard, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Health Management and Policy


Courses Taught

Fundamentals of Economics and Finance; Healthy Policy; Quality Improvement in Health Care

Education

  • Ph.D. in Public Health Services, University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • M.B.A./M.S.H.A., Georgia State University
  • B.A., University of Denver

Research Interests

Cancer screening and treatment; community-based participatory research; health disparities; health system improvement; safety net populations; shared decision making; social determinants of health.

Publications and Media Placements

Professional Organizations and Associations

Enard's professional background encompasses more than 10 years of management and consulting experience with large integrated health systems in areas involving strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations, service line management, program planning and evaluation, performance improvement, community outreach, government relations and media relations. She has been board-certified in health care management since 2003 and is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE). Prior to transitioning to the health care industry, Enard worked as a journalist in local and national media markets.

Community Work

Enard's overarching research goal is to address health disparities using community-engaged, patient-centered approaches that recognize the complex, multilevel factors that influence each person's health and well-being over their life course. Enard investigates characteristics of communities (hospitals, physicians, community-based organizations, etc.) and patients (knowledge, satisfaction, perceptions, attitudes, etc.) that shape processes and outcomes of care among socially disadvantaged populations.

She is also interested in examining decision-making mechanisms that may influence disparities related to delivery context (when and where socially disadvantaged patients seek and receive care) and quality (unwarranted variations in care) and in partnering with communities to develop policies, practices and tools that empower patients.