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Charlene Wong, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Associate 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

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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Wong, Charlene A., James M. Perrin, and Mark McClellan. “Making the Case for Value-Based Payment Reform in Children's Health Care.” Jama Pediatr 172, no. 6 (June 1, 2018): 513–14. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2018.0129.

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Chaiyachati, Krisda H., Jeffrey K. Hom, Rebecca A. Hubbard, Charlene Wong, and David Grande. “Evaluating the association between the built environment and primary care access for new Medicaid enrollees in an urban environment using Walk and Transit Scores.” Prev Med Rep 9 (March 2018): 24–28. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pmedr.2017.12.001.

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Kratka, Allison, Charlene A. Wong, Riley Herrmann, Kathryn Hong, Aleena Karediya, Iris Yang, and Peter A. Ubel. “Finding Health Care Prices Online-How Difficult Is It to Be an Informed Health-Care Consumer?” Jama Intern Med 178, no. 3 (March 1, 2018): 423–24. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.6841.

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Wong, Charlene, Jordan Greeno, Eliana Perrin, Eric Peterson, Richard Chung, and Asheley Skinner. “SEX, DRUGS & READY TO ROLL: YOUNG ADULT PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES & BEHAVIORS.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 62:S131–32. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, Charlene A., Jordan Greeno, Eliana Perrin, Eric Peterson, Richard Chung, and Asheley Skinner. “YOUNG AND NOT SO INVINCIBLE: HEALTH BEHAVIORS AND PATIENT-REPORTED HEALTH OUTCOMES AMONG ADOLESCENTS AND YOUNG ADULTS.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 62:S132–S132. ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, 2018.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, Charlene A., Victoria A. Miller, Kathryn Murphy, Dylan Small, Carol A. Ford, Steven M. Willi, Jordyn Feingold, et al. “Effect of Financial Incentives on Glucose Monitoring Adherence and Glycemic Control Among Adolescents and Young Adults With Type 1 Diabetes: A Randomized Clinical Trial.” Jama Pediatr 171, no. 12 (December 1, 2017): 1176–83. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.3233.

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Faherty, Laura J., Charlene A. Wong, Jordyn Feingold, Joan Li, Robert Town, Evan Fieldston, and Rachel M. Werner. “Pediatric Price Transparency: Still Opaque With Opportunities for Improvement.” Hospital Pediatrics 7, no. 10 (October 2017): 565–71. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2017-0020.

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Wong, Charlene A., Kristin Kan, Zuleyha Cidav, Robert Nathenson, and Daniel Polsky. “Pediatric and Adult Physician Networks in Affordable Care Act Marketplace Plans.” Pediatrics 139, no. 4 (April 2017). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2016-3117.

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Harris, Sion K., Matthew C. Aalsma, Elissa R. Weitzman, Diego Garcia-Huidobro, Charlene Wong, Scott E. Hadland, John Santelli, M Jane Park, and Elizabeth M. Ozer. “Research on Clinical Preventive Services for Adolescents and Young Adults: Where Are We and Where Do We Need to Go?” J Adolesc Health 60, no. 3 (March 2017): 249–60. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.10.005.

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