Cheryl A. Dickson, MD, MPH is WMed's new associate dean for health equity and community affairs. In this position, Dickson will work as an advocate, convener, collaborator and connector of medical school resources with the local and global community to facilitate meeting shared goals and improving the health and well-being of all the communities WMed serves. Dickson is also an associate professor in the department of pediatric and adolescent medicine.
Dickson received her medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey Medical School (UMDNJ) and her Master's in Public Health, Health Policy and Management from Columbia University. She completed her residency training in pediatrics at the UMDNJ Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, in Newark, New Jersey.
Dickson has worked extensively in urban healthcare settings. In her former role as the director of ambulatory and emergency health services for Children’s Hospital of New Jersey, she was instrumental in developing practice sites, evidence-based practice protocols and key relationships for the hospital with managed care health plans as well as community partnerships. She has also served as a chair of pediatrics in which she established a pediatric inpatient hospital service, served as director for the ambulatory primary care practice, implemented policies for pediatric emergencies and established affiliation agreements with the Children’s Hospital, Health Department and Board of Education.
Dr. Dickson’s accomplishments include developing the cultural competency curriculum for medical students and co-facilitating cultural competency training for continuing education for practicing physicians for license requirements in New Jersey and California. Her work with the health department included facilitating an asthma coalition and immunization task force. While on staff at Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, as principal investigator, she formulated partnerships between key community organizations and the hospital that focused on improving the child health status indicators of obesity, asthma and developmental delays.