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Charlene Wong, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor in the Sanford School of Public 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.

In my health services research, I study behavior change and health engagement, leveraging principles from behavioral economics, employing youth- and person-centered research methodologies, and informing health policy.  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

Strane, Douglas, Benjamin French, Jennifer Eder, Charlene A. Wong, Kathleen G. Noonan, and David M. Rubin. “Low-Income Working Families With Employer-Sponsored Insurance Turn To Public Insurance For Their Children..” Health Aff (Millwood) 35, no. 12 (December 1, 2016): 2302–9. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0381.

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Bain, Alexander, Charlene A. Wong, Gail Slap, Daniel Polsky, Raina M. Merchant, Yaa Akosa Antwi, David Rubin, and Carol A. Ford. “Common and Costly Hospitalizations Among Insured Young Adults Since the Affordable Care Act..” J Adolesc Health 59, no. 1 (July 2016): 61–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.03.013.

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Hom, Jeffrey, Charlene Wong, Christian H. Stillson, Jessica Zha, Carolyn C. Cannuscio, Rachel M. Cahill, and David Grande. “NEW MEDICAID ENROLLEES SEE HEALTH AND SOCIAL BENEFITS IN PENNSYLVANIA'S EXPANSION.” In Journal of General Internal Medicine, 31:S311–12. SPRINGER, 2016.

Scholars@Duke

Wong, Charlene A., Daniel E. Polsky, Arthur T. Jones, Janet Weiner, Robert J. Town, and Tom Baker. “For Third Enrollment Period, Marketplaces Expand Decision Support Tools To Assist Consumers..” Health Aff (Millwood) 35, no. 4 (April 2016): 680–87. https://doi.org/10.1377/hlthaff.2015.1637.

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Wong, Charlene A., Gabrielle Ostapovich, Emily Kramer-Golinkoff, Heather Griffis, David A. Asch, and Raina M. Merchant. “How U.S. children's hospitals use social media: A mixed methods study..” Healthc (Amst) 4, no. 1 (March 2016): 15–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hjdsi.2015.12.004.

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Wong, Charlene, Laura J. Faherty, Jordyn Feingold, Robert Town, and Rachel Werner. “Price Transparency for Children and Adolescent Healthcare in the United States: Still Opaque in 2015.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 58:S48–S48. Elsevier BV, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.10.108.

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Hom, Jeffrey K., Charlene Wong, Christian Stillson, Jessica Zha, Carolyn C. Cannuscio, Rachel Cahill, and David Grande. “New Medicaid Enrollees See Health and Social Benefits in Pennsylvania's Expansion..” Inquiry 53 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1177/0046958016671807.

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Wong, Charlene A., Carol A. Ford, Benjamin French, and David M. Rubin. “Changes in Young Adult Primary Care Under the Affordable Care Act..” Am J Public Health 105 Suppl 5 (November 2015): S680–85. https://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2015.302770.

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Wong, Charlene, Gabbie Nirenburg, Daniel Polsky, Robert Town, and Tom Baker. “Insurance plan presentation and decision support on HealthCare.gov and state-based web sites created for the Affordable Care Act..” Ann Intern Med 163, no. 4 (August 18, 2015): 327–28. https://doi.org/10.7326/L15-5127.

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Wong, Charlene A., David A. Asch, Cjloe M. Vinoya, Carol A. Ford, Tom Baker, Robert Town, and Raina M. Merchant. “Seeing Health Insurance and HealthCare.gov Through the Eyes of Young Adults..” J Adolesc Health 57, no. 2 (August 2015): 137–43. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2015.04.017.

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