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Dr. Kendra Jason is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at UNC-Charlotte. She is an interdisciplinary health disparities scholar who examines the multi-level factors that may influence the relationship between health and desired workforce participation for older Black workers. She seeks to identify contributing factors to health disparities by analyzing the links between race, discrimination, workforce behaviors, and care processes.
Previously, Dr. Jason worked at the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute on Aging where her research focused on workforce development for entry-level, low-wage, frontline healthcare workers, who were disproportionally women, racial minorities, immigrants and less educated. She examined the role frontline supervisors played in frontline healthcare workers’ opportunities for training and advancement.
In 2017, she was awarded the National Institute on Aging Diversity Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. She trained at the Gerontology Institute at Georgia State University under the direction of Dr. Candace Kemp on the Convoys of Care: Developing Collaborative Care Partnerships in Assisted Living project. Her focus on this project is Black residents, their care networks, and outcomes related to residents’ quality of care.
Currently, she aims to contribute to our understanding of the adverse effects of workplace conditions on Black caregivers’ health status and ability to work by examining social conditions within the workplace that may influence older working caregivers’ with multiple chronic conditions.
Her research on these issues are published in The Gerontologist, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Healthcare Management Review, and Research in the Sociology of Work. Most recently, her work was featured on Forbes.com and PBS Next Avenue.