Ashby Walker, PhD
Director for Health Equity Initiatives, UF Diabetes Institute
HPNP, Room 3117
Dr. Ashby Walker received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Emory University in 2007 and serves as the Director for Health Equity Initiatives at the University of Florida Diabetes Institute. Dr. Walker is an elected member of the American Diabetes Association National Health Disparities Committee and the Chronic Diseases & Conditions Priority Area Workgroup (PAW) of the 2017 – 2021 Florida State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). Dr. Walker’s research as a medical sociologist focuses on Type 1 Diabetes and the role that social capital plays in determining health outcomes and she was selected by Diabetes Forecast magazine as “People to Know” for 2019.
She is the PI of several funded studies aiming to promote health equity for vulnerable populations with diabetes, including the All for ONE! program – a novel service-learning intervention using college students with Type 1 Diabetes as mentors for vulnerable teens with Type 1 Diabetes. Her most recently awarded grant, ECHO Diabetes, is a 7.69 million dollar collaborative initiative with Stanford University aimed at improving access to care for underserved populations living with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes in the states of Florida and California. Dr. Walker is the recipient of five teaching, mentoring, and curriculum development awards and previously served as the Chair of Social Sciences at Mars Hill University in North Carolina.