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About Dr. Fashaw-Walters


Who am I?

Well, first and foremost, I am a wife, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin, aunt, friend, and a dog mom, before anything else. I value who I am and allow my life experiences to guide what I do and how I interact with the world around me. I believe in bringing every facet of my identity into every room that I enter and to every table that I take a seat at. This enriches each contributions that I make. 

Honors & Awards


Fesler-Lampert Chair in Aging Studies, 2022-2023

Academy Health Outstanding Dissertation Award, 2022

National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, 2022

AcademyHealth LTSS IG 3-Minute Thesis Winner, 2019

Order of Pegasus Class of 2014 Member, 2014


Michigan Center for Contextual Factors in Alzheimer's Disease Summer Data Immersion Scholar, 2023

National Institute on Aging Butler-Williams Scholar, 2022

National Institute on Aging IMPACT Collaboratory Faculty Scholars, 2022

UMN Health Equity Leadership & Mentorship (HELM) Fellow, 2021-2022

Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, 2018

Ronald E. McNair Scholars Program, 2013-2015



Member, Board of Directors, 2023 -

Member, Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS) Interest Group Advisory Committee, 2016-2018 & 2022 -

Student Member, Board of Directors, 2019-2021
Member, 2015 -


Member, 2018 - 

Interdisciplinary Association for population health (IAPHS) 

Member, 2023 -


extramural funding

Role: Principal Investigator

R21 Award: Development and Testing of Health Equity Measures in Home Health Care for Medicare Beneficiaries, 2023-2025

Pilot Award: Qualitative Research to Quantify Exposures to Racism among Older Adults, 2023-2024

Program Project: Examining Medicare Home Health Value-Based Purchasing as a Vehicle for Advancing Equitable Access to High-Quality Care, 2022-2025

SubAward: Equity in Dementia Care Across Healthcare Systems, 2022-2023

SubAward: Lifecourse Exposure to Community Violence and Risk of Cognitive Decline Among African Americans, 2021 -2023

R36 Award: Disparities in Access to High-Quality Home Health and the Impact of Public Reporting, 2020 - 2021

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