As part of an ongoing effort to stay informed and connected across the university, Policy Bridge convenes Duke faculty and administrators throughout the year to share updates on policy-related research efforts and identify synergies for future collaboration.

The most recent policy caucus took place on October 13, 2017. Attendees shared updates on the different policy-related efforts they are currently pursuing. The following is a list of attendees and updates on their work as it pertains to policy bridge’s mission:

  • Fritz Mayer, Director of POLIS
    • The Arnold Foundation funds policy labs around the country to produce data-driven policy solutions that are responsive to state governments. They are interested in working through Duke on statewide issues around early childhood education, health, and linking datasets. The Duke-based lab will likely include collaboration with UNC, NC State, and NC Central University.
    • Policy Bridge will be growing! Duke Provost Sally Kornbluth has requested additional investments in Policy Bridge and will be convening Deans across campus to nominate faculty members with interest. Will likely be recruiting an executive director (networking, research, and policy background required).
  • Doug Heron, Assistant VP, Duke Government Relations
    • Duke University and Duke Health are working on amendments to the STOP Act, passed earlier this year to address the opioid epidemic. Amendments will focus on supply side policies targeting prescribers that have potentially dangerous implications for drug users.
    • Duke’s Margolis Center has framed Medicaid expansion as a way to “cover additional lives in NC” and Prof. Don Taylor published a policy brief on the issue.
    • Margolis Fridays at Fuqua bridges business and health, providing a space to brainstorm ways to collaborate on potential research.
    • Lee Ferguson recently testified in front of the NC legislator on the chemical GenX in the state’s drinking water, yet another example in which Duke researchers are being leveraged to inform policy at the state level.
    • Duke LifePoint Healthcare continues to leverage telemedicine to bridge the urban-rural gap in health services.
  • Karen Kemp, Assistant Dean for Communications and Marketing, Sanford School
    • The Sanford school hosts a Ways and Means podcast that pairs personal stories with policy research and is hosted by journalist Emily Hanford. They received a grant from the Trent Memorial Foundation and will be addressing more international development topics, featuring research from Sanford professors.
    • Policy 360 podcast features a series of policy conversations hosted by Sanford’s Dean, Kelly Brownell.
  • Tim Profeta, Director, Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions
    • The North Carolina Leadership Forum aims to bridge political divides in state politics in order to find bipartisan solutions. This year’s focus is on how NC can best meet the future energy needs of its residents and businesses.
    • The Nicholas Institute offers Catalyst Grants, worth up to $20,000 each, for projects that leverage staff and faculty expertise on external engagement projects.
    • Robert Bonnie is currently conducting a study around Rural Attitudes of the Environment and Conservation, involving focus groups and interviews with rural North Carolinians.
  • Natalie Hengstebeck, Post-Doc Fellow at the Scholar Strategy Network