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.
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!
Graduate team members Brittney Sullivan (PhD in Nursing ’17, School of Nursing) and Anna Martin (Master of Public Policy ’17, Sanford School of Public Policy) funds from the Duke Support for Interdisciplinary Graduate Networks (D-SIGN) to establish a graduate network affiliated with GANDHI. The network’s purpose was to to establish the evidence for improving systems of care for children and adolescents living with disability after an acute hospitalization. To read the full article, click here.
GANDHI graduate team member Kira Battle, Doctor of Physical Therapy student, class of 2018, has been accepted to present at the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Kira will present her team’s work as a poster presentation titled, “Physical Rehabilitation in Acute Care Settings of Low- and Middle- Income Countries: A Mixed Methods Systematic Review.”
GANDHI team member Jackie Xu, a sophomore studying public policy, and two other sophomore students, David Wohlever Sanchez, also majoring in public policy, and Qiang Zhang, majoring in political science, won the Duke Global Challenge finals. Oxford’s Global Challenges was brought to Duke by Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative and the Social Entrepreneurship Accelerator at Duke. Of the 21 teams to participate from Duke, 6 were selected for the Duke finals. Jackie and her team will be traveling to Oxford to represent Duke and participate in the international Global Challenge finals at the end of April.
Christa Preston, director and co-founder of EmbraceKulture, and GANDHI-Child and Adolescent team member Anna Martin co-authored a blog post on UNESCO’s International Institute for Educational Planning Learning Portal. Check out the article here to learn about how EmbraceKulture trains Ugandan teachers to develop the skills of students with disabilities. EmbraceKulture is a Ugandan non-profit whose mission is “to create a more inclusive world where all children are embraced for what makes them unique.”
Joseph Lunyera, MBChB, a Postdoctoral Associate at Duke Division of General Internal Medicine (Duke GIM) met with GANDHI’s Children and Adolescent-focused team to talk about opportunities to improve hospital-to-home transitions in Uganda. Dr. Lunyera was born and raised in Uganda. His primary work at Duke is with the Jackson Heart Study.
GANDHI team member and former Peace Corps volunteer Anna Martin will be presenting with a fellow former Peace Corps volunteer this Thursday, March 23rd, at the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) from 4-5PM in Trent Hall Room 124.
To learn more about this event, visit DGHI’s website.