Qualitative Inquiry for Improving Stroke Care in China – blog published by World Stroke

Jackie Xu, GANDHI 2017-2018 project leader, had her blog post on “Qualitative Inquiry for Improving Stroke Care in China published by the World Stroke Organization on her summer 2017 research experience in China. Excerpt below. Congrats Jackie!

This summer, I served as an ambassador from my American-based university and navigated this new and sometimes enigmatic partnership between two leading healthcare institutions—Duke and Tiantan—separated by the Pacific Ocean. My work advocating for qualitative research methods in China taught me how to identify project champions and engage key stakeholders. Collaboration, and therefore mutual respect, is the key to research.



Chelsea Liu presents at the International Stroke Conference


Congratulations to Chelsea Liu on her presentation, “Rehabilitation Provider Type Influences Functional Outcome and Survival of Acute Ischemic Stroke Patients with Severe Neurological Deficits: Findings from the China National Stroke Registry II” at the International Stroke Conference in Los Angeles, CA on January 25, 2018. Abstract published in the journal Stroke 

Publication in Duke Student Global Health Review!

Congratulations to Sahil Sandhu, Lillian Blanchard, Chunxi “Tracy” Ding, Alexandria Hurley, Chelsea Liu, Jackie Xu and Natalie Yu on their publication, “Leveraging Technology and Cross Sector Partnerships to Improve Stroke Care in China” published in the Duke Student Global Health Review!

Tracy, Natalie, Alexandria, Lillian, Sahil, Chelsea, Jackie (Left to Right) at the Temple of Heaven (Chinese: 天壇; pinyin: Tiāntán) in Beijing  




Leveraging Technology and Cross-sector Partnerships to Improve Stroke Care in China

Seven members of our Bass Connections team traveled to China during fall break to learn more about healthcare infrastructure and the use of technology. Read about their experience in the attached PDF.

“Ultimately, health system strengthening requires collaboration across academia, government and industry. Fostering a culture of interdisciplinary collaboration can never start too early. Of the seven Bass team members who went to China, no two had the same majors. Our majors include ECE (electrical and computer engineering), public policy, psychology, computer science, biology, cognitive science (Program II), and global health. Every team member engaged in this experience with a unique lens and asked different questions. Moving forward, we hope to integrate these perspectives to develop innovative solutions in addressing the global burden of stroke and other non-communicable diseases.”

By: Lillian Blanchard, Chunxi Ding, Alexandria Hurley, Chelsea Liu, Sahil Sandhu, Jackie Xu, Natalie Yu

Leveraging Technology and Cross-sector Partnerships to Improve Stroke Care in China

Bass GANDHI at the 2017 Heart Walk!

On October 1st, 2017 our GANDHI Bass Connections Team participated in the 2017 Triangle Heart Walk. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier fundraising effort to combat leading causes of death and disability in the United States: heart disease and stroke. Many survivors celebrate and share their stories during this annual event, hosted in Raleigh, NC. As a whole, the Triangle Heart Walk raised 1.3 million dollars and engaged over 20,000 walkers.

Sixteen members of our Bass group walked together under our Michael Jackson inspired team name—“Just Beat It.” Just Beat It raised $1,083 after an initial goal of only $650! We would like to sincerely thank everyone who donated to our team or participated in our raffle fundraiser.  Congratulations to our raffle winners Thabit Pulak, who won a $20 certificate to the Cupcake Bar, and Jackie Xu who won a Duke Stores gift card.

The Heart Walk is a demonstration of the continued efforts to understand and treat heart disease and stroke. Our Bass group feels proud to have contributed to the Heart Walk and looks forward to similar events in the future!