Category: ID partners for research

New Health Data Sharing Project

In our November installment of our Engagement Stories series, Krishna Udayakumar and Patricia Odero with the Duke Global Health Innovation Center and Duke Innovations in Healthcare are collaborating with several organizations on a joint USAID-funded project called Regional Action through Data (RAD). Throughout East and West Africa, citizens who live near their nation’s borders may receive health services in multiple states, which makes it challenging to maintain continuity of care for these populations. RAD is bridging gaps in health data sharing and making patient records accessible across borders.

Udayakumar and Odero said their work on RAD taught them to “engage early rather than showing up with a fully formed project and results that may not answer the question appropriately from the policymaker’s perspective. The earlier you can engage with policymaking bodies, the better you can understand their needs and their perspective.” Both trained physicians, Udayakumar and Odero, shared the importance this work holds for improving patient-centered care. The team shared, “at the end of the day, our mission is to improve heath and healthcare.”

You can read the full article on the Duke Today website.

Regional Action through Data is a 5-year project funded by USAID’s Global Bureau for Africa. To learn more about this project, please visit the Duke Global Health and Innovation Center’s website.

Finding community partners for funding applications

A Duke researcher contacted the Policy Bridge for help identifying a community partner for a fellowship application. The funder required the researcher to work with a community partner that would help put the research findings into practice.  The Policy Bridge generated ideas that fit the research priorities and connected with specific individuals, resulting in a stronger application.

Sanford’s Policy Bridge has provided crucial support in two of my recent projects. Jenni generated ideas regarding several community agencies that would fit our research priorities and connected us with specific individuals in the community agencies to discuss our ideas. One of these individuals partnered with us on the submission of the fellowship application.

– Jen Lansford, Research Professor, Sanford School

Linking to Durham Public Schools

The Policy Bridge helps Duke faculty and researchers identify potential partners and build relationships with them. Leveraging prior experience with Durham Public Schools (DPS), the Policy Bridge has helped a Duke researcher build relationships with key partners. As a result, these researchers have forged a strong partnership with DPS that will increase their access to data and help improve the quality of the final product.

Jenni Owen offered invaluable assistance in forging a research partnership with the Durham Public Schools.

  • Carolyn Barnes, Sanford School assistant professor

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