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Charlene Wong, MD

Associate 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
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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


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.

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

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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 Through the Eyes of Young Adults.” J Adolesc Health 57, no. 2 (August 2015): 137–43.

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Wong, Charlene A., David A. Asch, Cjloe M. Vinoya, Carol A. Ford, Tom Baker, Robert Town, and Raina M. Merchant. “1. The Young Adult Perspective on Health Insurance.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 56:S1–S1. Elsevier BV, 2015.

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Wong, Charlene A., Alexander M. Bain, Yaa Akosa Antwi, Raina M. Merchant, Gail Slap, Daniel E. Polsky, and Carol A. Ford. “86. Inpatient Hospitalizations Among Insured Young Adults, 2012-2013, United States.” In Journal of Adolescent Health, 56:S46–S46. Elsevier BV, 2015.

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Merchant, Raina M., Yoonhee P. Ha, Charlene A. Wong, H Andrew Schwartz, Maarten Sap, Lyle H. Ungar, and David A. Asch. “The 2013 US Government Shutdown (#Shutdown) and health: an emerging role for social media.” Am J Public Health 104, no. 12 (December 2014): 2248–50.

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Wong, Charlene A., Raina M. Merchant, and Megan A. Moreno. “Using social media to engage adolescents and young adults with their health.” Healthcare 2, no. 4 (December 2014): 220–24.

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Wong, Charlene A., David A. Asch, Cjloe M. Vinoya, Carol A. Ford, Tom Baker, Robert Town, and Raina M. Merchant. “The experience of young adults on suggestions for improvement.” Ann Intern Med 161, no. 3 (August 5, 2014): 231–32.

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Wong, Charlene A., Francine C. Gachupin, Robert C. Holman, Marian F. MacDorman, James E. Cheek, Steve Holve, and Rosalyn J. Singleton. “American Indian and Alaska Native infant and pediatric mortality, United States, 1999-2009.” Am J Public Health 104 Suppl 3 (June 2014): S320–28.

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Redwood, Diana, Anil Suryaprasad, Donald Haverkamp, Charlene Wong, Ellen Provost, and David Espey. “Evaluating an Electronic Measure of Colorectal Cancer Screening at Indian Health Service Facilities, 2008-2010.” Ihs Prim Care Provid 39, no. 6 (June 2014): 86–93.