Health Equity Research

REACH Equity symposium

The Duke University School of Medicine is committed to better understand the extent of health disparities, identify the complex, interacting factors that cause those disparities, and how to mitigate those disparities and their harmful effects. 

REACH Equity

The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity addresses racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions to improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter. REACH Equity is one of 12 centers funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. These specialized research centers are designed to conduct multidisciplinary research, research training, and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health and reducing health disparities. They play a vital role in realizing NIMHD's mission to support research in minority health and health disparities, promote the training of a diverse research workforce, disseminate research findings, and foster innovative collaborations and partnerships. Read more about REACH Equity here.

Duke Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

With support from the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Award and Duke Health, CTSI accelerates real-world translational research at Duke with funding, innovative resources, and nationwide collaborations. The CTSI is committed to investigating the root causes of and best ways of mitigating health disparities, and engaging with communities and including them as active, empowered participants in research.

CTSI helps to:

  • Accelerate discovery through research
  • Innovate solutions to translational research challenges
  • Connect academic stakeholders and community partners locally, regionally, and nationally
  • Educate researchers and support career development for junior investigators and research staff
  • Fund promising projects and ideas at critical stages in the research process

Read more about CTSI here.

Duke Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research (CHOIR)

The Duke Center for Health Outcomes and Innovation Research (CHOIR) creates an intellectual home for research and clinical innovation programs focusing on health outcomes and prevention. Led by L. Ebony Boulware, MD, Duke CHOIR will provide an intellectual home for research and clinical innovation programs advancing  discoveries in prevention and health outcomes. Read more about it here.

Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI)

The Duke Clinical Research Institute, part of the Duke University School of Medicine, is the world’s largest academic clinical research organization. The DCRI conducts innovative research to deliver on our mission to share knowledge that improves the care of patients around the world, with a renewed focus on including and improving care for underserved populations. DCRI projects are led by physician scientists whose grounding in patient care helps to inform their research, and supported by staff who have deep expertise in operationalizing global studies. Read more about the DCRI here.

Center for Health Measurement

The Department of Population Health Science’s Center for Health Measurement engages patients and caregivers, learns about their preferences and experiences, and works with clinical partners to improve health outcomes. Our multi-disciplinary research teams conduct innovative patient-centered outcomes research to bring the voices of the patients and caregivers more directly into care planning, treatment decisions, and health policy.