Niagara native wins national award for geriatric research


MADISON, Wis. — Dr. Amy Kind, associate professor of medicine-geriatrics at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, is the American Geriatrics Society’s 2019 recipient of the AGS Thomas and Catherine Yoshikawa Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement for Clinical Investigation.

This award is given to an investigator who is involved in patient care and clinical research addressing the unique health care needs of older adults.

“This would not be possible without the support of my division, department and school,” Kind said. “Science is a team sport, and I’ve been fortunate to have had great pillars of support throughout my career here at Wisconsin.”

The Niagara native and 1992 graduate of Niagara High School received her medical degree and PhD from UW-Madison. She is the daughter of Arne Haavisto and the late Mary Beth Haavisto.

Kind is a national leader looking at socioeconomic health disparities at the neighborhood level. Her first-of-its kind interactive neighborhood map debuted last summer, providing zip-code level details that could help assess health disparities and effective interventions across the country. The work was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Kind’s research program focuses on assessing and improving care for older, vulnerable or disadvantaged adults, especially those with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Kind also is the director of the health services and care research program in the department of medicine at the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

The award will be presented May 3 during the 2019 AGS Annual Meeting Award Ceremony in Portland, Oregon.