On December 7th, Duke Policy Bridge convened a small group of Durham County representatives, healthcare managers, community leaders, and Duke researchers met to discuss ways to address racial disparities. The group was convened for the purpose of offering Duke’s expertise to assist the county in identifying the causes of the racial disparities in opioid substance use outcomes. The use of opioids and fentanyl is rising, and the Durham community is aiming to be proactive instead of reactive.

Officials met to discuss top issues and concerns identified by Durham County Officials and community representatives and were tasked with finding possible solutions and resources at Duke. One such problem is locating primary treatment organization data. Duke has an interdisciplinary research team which has compiled primary treatment organization data from Duke Health System, Alliance Behavioral Health, and others. Several other issues were identified by the committee and a fruitful conversation has led to talks about what is next for Durham and how Duke can assist.