Kimberly M. Walker is the owner of Gold Mind Instructional Services, Inc., a training and education company that employs adult learning methodologies to create a comfortable atmosphere where participants feel safe to be vulnerable; are engaged in thought-provoking discussions, and are challenged to grow into better versions of themselves. Gold Mind partners with KBDB3, Inc. to discuss cultural awareness, historical antecedents, sexual health, and other intersections that lend to health disparities. For over 5 years, she worked with like-minded professional health providers at the NC Department of Health and Human Services, Communicable Disease Branch, Health Equity program, to help develop and facilitate the Cultural Responsiveness curriculum for NC HIV health care providers.
She is also the Associate Director of the Duke University Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research. She serves as the Principal Investigator of two programs that focus on teenage pregnancy prevention, sexual reproductive health, and healthy relationships. She served as the Principal Investigator for the NC Community AIDS Fund, the only local philanthropic organization focused solely on serving community-based organizations that work in and impact those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. She was instrumental in its transition from a Duke project to being a non-profit entity where she currently serves as a Co-Chair of the Advisory Board. Prior to her tenure at Duke, she operated as a Training Specialist at the American Social Health Association, where she facilitated training for staff of the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) national health information hotlines, including the National STD and HIV Hotlines, the National Immunization Hotline, and the Public Response Hotline. Ms. Walker received a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and African American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ms. Walker grew up in Dunn, NC with tight familial support and high expectations. Her grandfather taught her the importance of education and spirituality; her mother, compassion and forgiveness; her father, the significance of understanding history’s impact on the present; and her sister, strength and how to use her voice. All of these seeds were planted and have led to Ms. Walker’s work in training and facilitation, sexual health and reproductive health education, and health equity programming. She hopes to pave a path towards equity and cultural appreciation for the two lights in her life, her kids, Tennasyn (12) and Lathan (9).