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Dr. Fashaw-Walters' program of research is inspired by her commitment to equity and antiracist work that aims to mitigate and eliminate the health inequities associated with racial inequities and injustices. Her work will continue to build an antiracist narrative that empowers effective policy solutions and healthcare practice innovations. Dr. Fashaw-Walters' research has received NIH grant funding and has had national recognition through news outlets such as the NewYork Times and Associated Press.


Fashaw-Walters SA, McGuire CM. Proposing A Racism-Conscious Approach To Policy Making And Health Care Practices. (2023) Health Affairs. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2023.00482

Fashaw-Walters SA, Rahman M, Jarrín OF, Gee G, Mor V, Nkimbeng M, Thomas KS. (2023). Getting to the root: Examining within and between home health agency inequities in functional improvement. Health Serv Res. doi: 10.1111/1475-6773.14194. 


Shireman TI, Fashaw-Walters S, Zhang T, Zullo AR, Gerlach LB, Coe AB, Daiello L, Lo D, Strominger J, Bynum JPW. (2023). Federal Nursing Home Policies on Antipsychotics had Similar Impacts by Race and Ethnicity for Residents With Dementia. J Am Med Dir Assoc. doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2023.03.027.

Fashaw-Walters SA, Rahman M, Gee G, Mor V, Rivera-Hernandez M, Ford C, Thomas KS. (2023). Potentially More Out of Reach: Public Reporting Exacerbates Inequities in Home Health Access. Milbank Q. doi: 10.1111/1468-0009.12616. 

Bucy TI, Mulcahy JF, Shippee TP, Fashaw-Walters S, Dahal R, Duan Y, Jutkowitz E. (2023). Examining Satisfaction and Quality in Home- and Community-Based Service Programs in the United States: A Scoping Review. Gerontologist. doi: 10.1093/geront/gnad003. 

Gustavson AM, Vincenzo J, Miller MJ, Falvey JR, Lee JL, Fashaw-Walters S, Juckett L. (2023). Equitable implementation of innovations to promote successful aging in place. J Am Geriatr Soc.doi: 10.1111/jgs.18177. 

Bucy T, Moeller K, Bowblis JR, Shippee N, Fashaw-Walters S, Winkelman T, Shippee T. (2022)Serious Mental Illness in the Nursing Home Literature: A Scoping Review. Gerontol Geriatr Med. doi: 10.1177/23337214221101260.

Nweke N, Isom J, Fashaw-Walters S. (2022). Health Equity Tourism: Reckoning with Medical Mistrust. J Med Syst. doi: 10.1007/s10916-022-01812-4.

Fashaw-Walters, S., Rahman, M., Gee, G., Mor, V., White, M., & Thomas, K. (2021). Out of Reach: Inequities In the Use Of High-Quality Home Health Agencies. Health Affairs. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2021.01408

Shippee, T. P., Fabius, C. D., Fashaw-Walters, S., Bowblis, J. R., Nkimbeng, M., Bucy, T. I., . . . Travers, J. L. (2021). Evidence for Action: Addressing Systemic Racism Across Long-Term Services and Supports. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association.  doi: 10.1016/j.jamda.2021.12.018

Rivera-Hernandez, M., Kumar, A., Roy, I., Fashaw-Walters, S., & Baldwin, J. A. (2021). Quality of Care and Outcomes Among a Diverse Group of Long-Term Care Residents With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias. Journal of Aging and Health. doi: 10.1177/08982643211043319

Fashaw-Walters, S., McCreedy, E., Bynum, J. P., Thomas, K., Shireman, T. (2021). Disproportionate Increases in Schizophrenia Diagnoses among Black Nursing Home Residents with ADRD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. doi: 10.1111/jgs.17464


Gerlach, L. B., Fashaw, S., Strominger, J., Ogarek, J., Zullo, A. R., Daiello, L., Teno, J., Shireman, T. I., Bynum, J. P. W. Trends in antipsychotic prescribing among long‐term care residents receiving hospice care. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021 April; 1-11.


Berry, S. D., Johnson, K. S., Myles,L., Herndon, L., Fashaw, S., Gifford, D. Lessons learned from frontline skilled nursing facility staff regarding COVID‐19 vaccine hesitancy. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021 March; 1-7.


Cornell, P., Zhang, W., Smith, L., Fashaw, S, Thomas, KS. Developments in the Market for Assisted Living: Residential Care Availability in 2017. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2020 November; 21(11):1718-1723.


Rivera-Hernandez, M., Fabius, C., Fashaw, S., Downer,B., Kumar,A., Panagiotou, O., Epstein-Lubow, G. Quality of Post-Acute Care in Skilled Nursing Facilities That Disproportionately Serve Hispanics With Dementia. Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2020 Jul 31. 


Fashaw, S., Chisholm, L., Mor, V., Meyers, D.J., Liu, X., Gammonley, D., Thomas, K.S. Inappropriate Antipsychotic Use: The Impact of Nursing Home Socioeconomic and Racial Composition. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2020 March; 68(3):630-636


Fashaw, S., Thomas, K.S., McCreedy, E., Mor, V., Thirty-Year Trends in Nursing Home Composition and Quality Since the Passage of the Omnibus Reconciliation Act. J Journal of the American Medical Directors Association. 2020 Feb 2; 21(7):233-239.


Thomas KS, Durfey SNM, Gadbois EA, Meyers DJ, Brazier JF, McCreedy EM, Fashaw S, Wetle T.  Perspectives of Medicare Advantage Plan Representatives on Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Response to the CHRONIC Care Act. JAMA Network Open. 2019 Jul 3;2(7):e196923. PMID:31298711.


Samuel, C., Pinheiro, L., Reeder-Hayes, K., Walker, J., Corbie-Smith, G., Fashaw, S., Woods-Giscombe, C., Wheeler, S. (November 2016). To Be Young, Black, and Living with Breast Cancer: A Systematic Review of Health-Related Quality of Life in Young Black Breast Cancer Survivor. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Journal. DOI:10.1007/s10549-016-3963-0

dr. Shekinah A. Fashaw-Walters is a health services researcher whose program of research focuses on understanding the inequities in aging while elucidating and explicitly naming racism as a fundamental determinant of health inequities within long-term care. Her research is inspired and guided by her commitment to anti-racist work that moves beyond the classroom.

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  1. Scholarly anti-racist research that empowers effective policy solutions and healthcare practice innovations.

  2. Facilitating a learning environment that welcomes every student and encourages their desire to know more.

  3. Advocating for the voices that have been silenced by systems of oppression, so that we as a society can thrive.

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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