Adjunct faculty, Health Policy and Management
Interim Executive Director, Adventist HealthCare, Inc., Center for Health Equity & Wellness
Other Affiliations: Center for Health Equity
Campus: UMD | Building: School of Public Health

CV / Resume
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Marilyn Dabady Lynk, PhD is interim executive director of the Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness, the only known center that is part of a hospital system aiming to increase cultural and linguistic competence among healthcare professionals, reduce health disparities, and promote health equity in the local community. Dr. Lynk has extensive experience developing partnerships and executing strategies to improve access to and quality of health care services for underserved populations; managing an effective program to promote community health and health equity; incorporating efforts to understand health disparities and social determinants of health in community programs; organizing and facilitating health care professional and employee cultural competence training and education programs; writing grant proposals; and managing funding to support research, education, and community health programs and initiatives. She has received grant funding and awards to incorporate best practices that improve community health education, minority health, race/ethnicity data collection, and health professional training programs from the Avon Foundation, U.S. Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health, National Association for City and County Health Officials, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Maryland Health Services Cost Review Commission, and Montgomery County Health and Human Services.

Dr. Lynk is adjunct faculty in the School of Public Health Department of Health Services Administration. She has developed and taught diversity, cultural competence, bias and stereotyping, and race/ethnicity and language data collection to health care professionals, and trained bilingual staff to improve the care experience of limited English proficient patient populations. In addition, she is a preceptor to undergraduate and graduate student interns and has mentored high school and college students since 2008. After receiving her PhD degree, Dr. Lynk worked as a Senior Research Associate and then Study Director at The National Research Council, part of the National Academies in Washington, DC

Education and Training

PhD, Social Psychology, Yale University, 1999

MA, Psychology, Yale University, 1996

BS, Psychology, University at Albany, State University of New York, 1994


Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness (2013). Partnering Toward a Healthier Future: 2013 Adventist HealthCare Health Equity Report. Gaithersburg, MD.

Adventist HealthCare Center for Health Equity and Wellness (2012). Partnering Toward a Healthier Future: 2012 Adventist HealthCare Health Equity Report. Gaithersburg, MD.

Altaribba, J., and Lynk, Marilyn D. (2009). Linguistic and Cultural Challenges in the Bilingual Community: Empirical and Applied Perspectives.  In L. Naciamento and G. Sousa (Eds.), Latin American Issues and Challenges.  New York:  Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Pesquera, M., Yoder, L., and Lynk, M. (2008).  Improving cross-cultural awareness and skills to reduce disparities in cancer.  MEDSURG Nursing, 17(2), 114–121.