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Center For Health Disparities Research

Core Investigators

Deborah C. Williamson, DHA, MSN, CNM
College of Nursing

Complete Biographical Sketch

Dr. Deborah Williamson is Associate Dean for Practice and an Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Duke University, her Master's in Nursing and Certificate in Nurse-Midwifery from the University of Utah, and a Doctoral Degree from the MUSC College of Health Professions in Administration and Leadership. Dr. Williamson has 30 years of experience as a practicing nurse-midwife.

Dr. Williamson has been awarded over two million dollars in grant funding to improve access to care for underserved women and children in Charleston County. Currently she has funding from the Duke Endowment and HRSA to improve health services to the Hispanic Community. Her grants also address language access and the recruitment of a diverse health workforce.  She has partnered with local community health centers, private organizations, and public agencies to build capacity in the community. Dr. Williamson’s research interests are racial/ethnic disparities in health services, immigrant health issues, and barriers to accessing health services. She serves on the Hollings Cancer Center’s Disparities Advisory Board and has taught in the Presidential Scholars program, an interprofessional course that focuses on health disparities.

Dr. Williamson is the recipient of the 2005 Palmetto Gold Award and the DHEC, Office of Minority Health, 2004 Recognition Award, for work in eliminating health disparities.  She was inducted into the National Academies of Practice in 2005.


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