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University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
Department of Family & Community Health
Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research
418 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia PA 19104

Phone: 215-898-8050
Email: jmbrooks@nursing.upenn.edu
Research Area(s): Behavioral Decision Research Health Policy

J. Margo Brooks Carthon, PhD, APN, RN, FAAN

CHIBE-affiliated faculty member
Associate Professor of Nursing
Secondary Appointment Africana Studies
Senior Fellow, Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics


Dr. Brooks Carthon is an Associate Professor of Nursing and Africana Studies and a Senior Fellow and Researcher in the Center for Health Outcomes & Policy Research at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching has long focused on the issues of marginalization and inequities in health care. Her recent work addresses the disproportionate risk borne by low-income, minority patients transitioning to home from acute care hospitals and the ways in which health care delivery can be improved to support their transitions. Using principles of innovation and Design Thinking, Dr. Brooks Carthon led an interdisciplinary team in the development of a clinical pathway called “THRIVE” which aims to improve care coordination and continuity for low income patients with multiple chronic conditions. Dr. Brooks Carthon’s program of research began with extensive training and successful completion of a K01 Career Development Award (2013) funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and currently an R01 grant funded by the National Institute for Minority Health and Disparities (MD011518). Her research over the last decade suggests that nursing delivery systems associated with better nurse staffing and care environments more supportive of professional nursing are positively linked to minority outcomes, including decreased post-surgical mortality, lower readmissions and higher ratings of satisfaction. She is currently a co-investigator on a Veterans Administration Merit grant, in which they are exploring the perceptions of minority veteran family members at the end of life and examining if aspects of nursing organization are associated with end of life care patterns. This project is a vital step to improving the quality outcomes of minority service men and women who have known health disparities across the life course. Dr. Brooks Carthon’s research has also informed policy discussions about ways to increase diversity in nursing education with the goal of mitigating issues of marginalization and inequity among minority students entering the health professions