Shekinah Fashaw-Walters, PhD, MSPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management

Shekinah Fashaw-Walters

Contact Info

Office Address:
Mayo D386

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware St SE
MMC 729 Mayo
Minneapolis, MN 55455

PhD, Health Services Research, Brown University

MSPH, Health Policy & Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)


Providing quality care for all means dismantling structural inequities and providing equitable high-quality care for the most marginalized. As a health services researcher, my 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. I conduct research focused on both nursing homes and home- and community-based services and my work is inspired and guided by my commitment to anti-racist work that moves beyond the classroom.


Structural Racism; Social Determinants of Health; Health Equity; Long-Term Services and Supports; Home- and Community-based Care; Access to Care; Quality of Care; Colorblind and Color Conscious Health Policies



Fashaw, S., McCreedy, E., Bynum, J. P., Thomas, K., Shireman, T. Disproportionate Increases in Schizophrenia Diagnoses among Black Nursing Home Residents with ADRD. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2021 December;69(12):3623-3630.

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