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Charlene Wong, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public Policy
Core Faculty Member, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Member in the Duke Clinical Research Institute
Email address: charlene.wong@duke.edu

I specialize in adolescent and young adult medicine and health services research.  Clinically, I love serving as both a primary care physician to young people ages 12-26, while also providing specialized care to this population. The types of care I specialize in include addressing young people's reproductive health concerns (for example, menstrual or contraceptive issues), chronic illnesses, behavioral challenges, and developmental difficulties. My focus is on providing high quality medical care to youth through respect for each individual, support of their physical and emotional growth, and education to empower them to be thriving, independent adults. I also spend a substantial amount of my time being an advocate for young people through health policy and research.

I serve as the Executive Director of the North Carolina Integrated Care for Kids (NC InCK) model. NC InCK is a CMS-funded pilot to develop and implement a local integrated service delivery and payment model for Medicaid/CHIP insured children (birth up to age 21).  Duke, UNC, and the North Carolina Medicaid agency are partnering to lead this effort with up to $16 million of funding to build capacity and infrastructure. All Medicaid & CHIP insured children in a 5 county area (~100,000 children in Orange, Alamance, Durham, Granville, Vance) are included in the model. 

In addition to NC InCK, my research and policy portfolio focuses on healthcare transformation and health-related behavior change, leveraging principles from behavioral economics and employing person-centered research and policy practices.  Most of my healthcare transformation projects relate to informing the transition to value-based care. My research is based out of the Department of Pediatrics, the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy.  I direct health behaviors and needs research in the Duke Children's Health & Discovery Initiative and am the Associate Program Director for the National Clinical Scholars Program at Duke.  I am also a faculty member in the Duke Center for Childhood Obesity Research. 

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with my husband and two children.

Education and Training

  • Adolescent Medicine Fellow, Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 2014 - 2016
  • Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2013 - 2015
  • Internship and Residency, Pediatrics, University of Washington, School of Medicine, 2010 - 2013
  • M.S.P.H., University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, 2015
  • M.D., Emory University School of Medicine, 2010

Publications

Frank, Heather R., Hillary Mulder, Karishma Sriram, Taruni S. Santanam, Asheley C. Skinner, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Eric D. Peterson, Michael Pencina, and Charlene A. Wong. “The Dose-Response Relationship Between Physical Activity and Cardiometabolic Health in Young Adults.” J Adolesc Health 67, no. 2 (August 2020): 201–8. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2020.04.021.

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Wong, Charlene A., David Ming, Gary Maslow, and Elizabeth J. Gifford. “Mitigating the Impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic Response on At-Risk Children.” Pediatrics 146, no. 1 (July 2020). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2020-0973.

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Moseley, Connor A., Madhulika Vulimiri, Robert S. Saunders, William K. Bleser, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Gary X. Wang, Peter A. Ubel, Mark McClellan, and Charlene A. Wong. “Medicaid and CHIP Child Health Beneficiary Incentives: Program Landscape and Stakeholder Insights.” Pediatrics 144, no. 2 (August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3161.

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Moseley, Connor A., Asheley C. Skinner, Eliana M. Perrin, Sarah C. Armstrong, Eric D. Peterson, and Charlene A. Wong. “Adolescent and Young Adult Recreational, Occupational, and Transportation Activity: Activity Recommendation and Weight Status Relationships.” J Adolesc Health 65, no. 1 (July 2019): 147–54. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2019.01.021.

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Vulimiri, Madhulika, William K. Bleser, Robert S. Saunders, Farrah Madanay, Connor Moseley, Hunter F. McGuire, Peter A. Ubel, Aaron McKethan, Mark McClellan, and Charlene A. Wong. “Engaging Beneficiaries In Medicaid Programs That Incentivize Health-Promoting Behaviors.” Health Aff (Millwood) 38, no. 3 (March 2019): 431–39. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05427.

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Wong, Charlene A., Eric Ellsworth, Farrah Madanay, Dave Chandrasekaran, Megan Moore, Daniel Polsky, and Peter A. Ubel. “The Roles Of Assisters And Automated Decision Support Tools In Consumers' Marketplace Choices: Room For Improvement.” Health Aff (Millwood) 38, no. 3 (March 2019): 473–81. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2018.05021.

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Wong, Charlene A., Adrian F. Hernandez, and Robert M. Califf. “Providing Individual Research Results to Participants-Reply.” Jama 320, no. 24 (December 25, 2018): 2601. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.18111.

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Wong, Charlene A., Adrian F. Hernandez, and Robert M. Califf. “Return of Research Results to Study Participants: Uncharted and Untested.” Jama 320, no. 5 (August 7, 2018): 435–36. https://doi.org/10.1001/jama.2018.7898.

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Armstrong, Sarah, Charlene A. Wong, Eliana Perrin, Sara Page, Lauren Sibley, and Asheley Skinner. “Association of Physical Activity With Income, Race/Ethnicity, and Sex Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States: Findings From the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 2007-2016.” Jama Pediatr 172, no. 8 (August 1, 2018): 732–40. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.1273.

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Wong, Charlene A., Sajal Kulhari, Ellen J. McGeoch, Arthur T. Jones, Janet Weiner, Daniel Polsky, and Tom Baker. “Shopping on the Public and Private Health Insurance Marketplaces: Consumer Decision Aids and Plan Presentation.” J Gen Intern Med 33, no. 8 (August 2018): 1400–1410. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11606-018-4483-x.

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