Cheri C. Wilson received a BA in Russian from Howard University, an MA in Russian Area Studies from the University of Minnesota, was a PhD candidate (ABD) in Russian history at the University of Minnesota, and received an MHS in Health Finance and Management from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is multilingual—fluent in Russian, speaks French and Spanish with a reading knowledge of German. Ms. Wilson is a nationally recognized diversity and inclusion, cultural and linguistic competence, and health equity subject matter expert. She currently serves as Program Director for Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity in the Johns Hopkins Medicine Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Health Equity (JHM ODIHE). Previously, she served as the Program Manager for Education, Training, and Scholarship in the JHM ODIHE, was a Senior Research Scientist in the Health Determinants & Disparities Practice at General Dynamics Information Technology, the Director, Corporate Office of Diversity & Inclusion at RWJ Barnabas Health in New Jersey, an Assistant Scientist in the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Disparities Solutions (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health), and an Acting Assistant Director of the Quality Improvement Department at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Ms. Wilson is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ), a Past President of the Maryland Association for Healthcare Quality, and a Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.
Ms. Wilson was a member of the Health Disparities Subcommittee, Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the SB340- University of Maryland, School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity - Workgroup for Health in all Policies, the Leadership Council of the New Jersey Statewide Network for Cultural Competence, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, the Steering Committee of the Commission to End Health Care Disparities (CEHCD), where she chaired the Patient Level Data Collection Reporting and Use Workgroup, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities, the Maryland Health Disparities Collaborative, where she served on three workgroups, the Maryland Health Quality and Cost Council (MHQCC), Cultural and Linguistic Competency Workgroup, and the Maryland Health Care Commission Maryland Medical Care Database Workgroup for Reporting Utilization by Race, Ethnicity, and Language. In addition, Ms.
Wilson co-chaired the Public Policy and Advocacy Committee of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) and was a reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), Communication and Dissemination Research panel.
She educates clinical and support staff in healthcare, health, behavioral health, human and social service organizations, public health, medical, and nursing students, K- 12 students as well as community members. She has presented at international, national, state, and local conferences on the issues of cultural and linguistic competence, unconscious/implicit bias, overcoming language barriers, health and healthcare disparities, health equity, and the social determinants of health. The focus of her work is primarily upon the intersection between cultural competence, health and healthcare disparities, health equity and patient safety and healthcare quality. Ms. Wilson is particularly interested in health and healthcare disparities and health equity as they relate to racial/ethnic, language, and gender and sexual minorities and the provision of culturally and linguistically appropriate patient-centered care in language understandable to all patients.