Kimberly M. McNeil is the Associate Director of the Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. She serves as the Principal Investigator of two programs focusing on teenage pregnancy prevention, sexual reproductive health, and healthy relationships. She previously served as the Principal Investigator for the NC Community AIDS Fund, the only local philanthropic organization focused solely on serving community-based organizations that work in and impact those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She was instrumental in its transition from a Duke project to being a non-profit entity where she currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Advisory Board.
Ms. McNeil is also the Duke Global Health Institute Diversity and Inclusion Director. She served as the DGHI Community, Diversity & Inclusion co-chair for three years prior and continues to oversee committee in her current role. Additionally, at Duke she is a member of the Office of Institutional Equity’s Diversity Leaders and Facilitators committee and the School of Medicine’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion’s Inclusion Council Delegates and Leaders. An adult education trainer by trade, she employs adult learning methodologies to create a comfortable atmosphere where participants feel safe to be vulnerable; are engaged in thought provoking discussions; and are challenged to grow into better versions of themselves. Ms. McNeil has facilitated Implicit Bias sessions for biomedical engineering PhD students at Duke; and co-designed and co-facilitated Cultural Responsiveness trainings for HIV health care providers in NC and Iowa to discuss cultural awareness, historical antecedents, sexual health, and other intersections that lend to health disparities.
Prior to her tenure at Duke, she operated as a Training Specialist at the American Social Health Association, where she facilitated training for staff of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) national health information hotlines, including the National STD and HIV Hotlines, the National Immunization Hotline, and the Public Response Hotline. Ms. Walker received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.