Category: Policy Bridge in Action (page 1 of 4)

Opioids & Racial Disparities in Durham

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.

Color of Education 2018

On Tuesday, October 2nd, Duke Policy Bridge at Sanford, Duke Cook Center on Social Equity, and the Public School Forum of NC welcomed NY Times Magazine investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones to open our Color of Education partnership.  We were excited to have Hannah-Jones deliver an awesome keynote address to a North Carolina crowd of roughly 500 educators, school board members, researchers, and community members.

As we’ve highlighted in our prior communications, in 2019 and beyond, “Color of Education” will evolve into an annual summit as well as other statewide and regional gatherings, bringing together educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education. For more information about October 2nd and future Color of Education events, please contact Policy Bridge.

To watch the footage from October 2nd’s kickoff, please use the link below.

Color of Education: Racial Equity in NC Schools

Nikole Hannah-Jones to kick-off “Color of Education” in North Carolina

 

 

Raleigh-Durham, NC (August 2, 2018) – The Public School Forum of North Carolina, in partnership with Duke Policy Bridge and the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University, announced today the first in a series of annual summits and convenings focused on race, equity and education in North Carolina under the banner “Color of Education.” (Twitter: #ColorOfEducation). The kick-off event will feature award-winning New York Times Magazine reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones.

Color of Education: An Evening with Nikole Hannah-Jones”, will be held on Tuesday, October 2nd at 6:00 PM on the campus of Duke University at Penn Pavilion. Tickets for the event are $25 and will be on sale August 8th at 11:00AM EST via the Duke University Box Office website. The event is sponsored in part by the Grable Foundation.

Nikole Hannah-Jones is a UNC-Chapel Hill graduate school alumnus and former (Raleigh) News & Observer reporter. She was named a 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant Fellow (one of only 24 people chosen, globally) for “reshaping national conversations around education reform” and for her reporting on racial resegregation in our schools. This is the latest honor in a growing list: she’s won a Peabody, a Polk, and, in 2017, a National Magazine Award for her story on choosing a school for her daughter in a segregated city.

Nikole’s brilliant talks explore the important roles schools play in their communities, how they’re affected by their surrounding neighborhoods, and how seeing race from the lens of education tells a whole new story of inequality in America.

In 2019 and beyond, “Color of Education” will evolve into an annual summit as well as other statewide and regional gatherings, bringing together educators, policymakers, experts and other key stakeholders focused on achieving racial equity and eliminating racial disparities in education.

“Nikole Hannah-Jones is one of the country’s most respected and influential voices on issues of race and education and we’re thrilled to have her kick-off this new phase of our work to address the systemic inequities and barriers facing students of color in North Carolina,” said Keith Poston, President and Executive Director, Public School Forum of North Carolina.

“Nikole Hannah-Jones’ visit to campus is an exciting prelude to the conversations we hope to continue in our Color of Education partnership,” said Frederick Mayer, Director of Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School. “We are looking forward to this unique opportunity to engage the Sanford School and broader Duke community around this important issue in our state.”

“We are excited to have Nikole Hannah-Jones kick off the Color of Education convening,” said Professor William A. Darity, Jr, founding director of the Cook Center. “Her work on historical and contemporary barriers to educational equity set the stage for critical conversations about race in North Carolina schools.”

“Through her investigative reporting, Nikole Hannah-Jones delves in to the context of racial disparities in education – particularly through frank examinations of who has access and who is denied access to resources and opportunities,” said Professor Keisha Bentley-Edwards, associate director of research for the Cook Center.

The impact of race in education was a central focus of the Public School Forum’s Study Group XVI: Expanding Education Opportunity in North Carolina. The Committee on Racial Equity’s findings and recommendations were published in October 2016. The committee covered issues such as resegregation, teacher diversity, discipline disparity and lack of access to advanced, more rigorous coursework for students of color.

About Nikole Hannah-Jones

Nikole Hannah-Jones covers racial injustice for The New York Times Magazine, and has spent years chronicling the way official policy has created—and maintains—racial segregation in housing and schools. Her deeply personal reports on the black experience in America offer a compelling case for greater equity.  She has written extensively on the history of racism, school resegregation, and the disarray of hundreds of desegregation orders, as well as the decades-long failure of the federal government to enforce the landmark 1968 Fair Housing Act. She is currently writing a book on school segregation called The Problem We All Live With, to be published on the One World imprint of Penguin/Random House.

Her piece “Worlds Apart” in The New York Times Magazine won the 2017 National Magazine Award for “journalism that illuminates issues of national importance” as well as the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism. In 2016, she was awarded a Peabody Award and George Polk Award for radio reporting for her This American Life story, “The Problem We All Live With.” She was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists, and was also named to The Root 100. Her reporting has also won Deadline Club Awards, Online Journalism Awards, the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, the Emerson College President’s Award for Civic Leadership, and was a previous finalist for the National Magazine Award.

Hannah-Jones co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color. She holds a Master of Arts in Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina and earned her BA in History and African-American studies from the University of Notre Dame. For the Institute for Advanced Journalism Studies, she investigated social changes under Raul Castro and the impact of universal healthcare on Cuba’s educational system. She was also selected by the University of Pennsylvania to report on the impact of the Watts Riots for a study marking the 40th anniversary of the Kerner Commission report, 2007. Along with The New York Times, her reporting has been featured in ProPublicaThe Atlantic MagazineHuffington PostEssence MagazineThe Week MagazineGristPolitico Magazine, and on Face the NationThis American Life, NPR, The Tom Joyner Morning Show, MSNBC, C-SPAN, Democracy Now, and radio stations across the country.

 

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About Public School Forum of North Carolina

Since 1986, the Public School Forum of North Carolina has been an indispensable and nonpartisan champion of better schools and the most trusted source in the state for research and analysis on vital education issues. We bring together leaders from business, education and government to study education issues, develop ideas, seek consensus, and ultimately inform and shape education policy. We do that through research, policy work, innovative programs, advocacy, and continuing education for educators and policymakers. Follow the Forum on Twitter @theNCForum

About Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity

The Duke Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity is a scholarly collaborative engaged in the study of the causes and consequences of inequality and in the assessment and redesign of remedies for inequality and its adverse effects. Concerned with the economic, political, social and cultural dimensions of uneven and inequitable access to resources, opportunity and capabilities, Cook Center researchers take a cross-national comparative approach to the study of human difference and disparity. Ranging from the global to the local, Cook Center scholars not only address the overarching social problem of general inequality, but they also explore social problems associated with gender, race, ethnicity and religious affiliation. Follow the Cook Center on Twitter @DUSocialEquity

Bridging in the Opioid Crisis

2018 APPAM regional forum at Penn Pavilion at Duke University
Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) hosted a 2018 topical forum on how to build research and policy partnerships around the prevailing national issue of opioid misuse

Researchers, policymakers and practitioners gathered at Duke May 1 to discuss how to strengthen working relationships and share evidence-based programs addressing the U.S. opioid crisis. The event, “State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis,” was organized by Duke Policy Bridge, part of the Sanford School of Public Policy, and the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM).

Frederick Mayer, professor of Public Policy at Sanford and Policy Bridge director, welcomed the group of more than 150. “Today’s program brings together all the elements of what we teach in Public Policy,” he said. Dr. Susan Kansagra, section chief of chronic disease and injury for the N.C. Division of Public Health, described the event as, “a great opportunity to get people in a room who wouldn’t ordinarily meet.”

One of the day’s themes was how best to connect researchers with policymakers to ensure timely information gets to those who need it. Jenni Owen, senior policy adviser to N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper, noted policymakers are often inundated with “let me know if I can help” emails. A more useful approach, she told attendees, is to reach out and, “provide timely, targeted, relevant information.” Owen understands well the potential value of links between researchers and policymakers: She is on leave from her role as senior lecturer at the Sanford School.

Attendees split up into break-out sessions addressing support services for children in households with substance abuse; assisting state officials with data science inquiries; embedding networks for treatment after overdose; and providing a system of care in underserved and rural communities.

Speakers shared their experiences with successful programs. Deputy Sheriff Donnie Varnell, from Dare County, described how his county’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program is working: “If we go on a call and it turns out to be someone using drugs, we now ask, ‘Do you want to go to treatment?’ You don’t have to be arrested to get into the program.” That can mean significant cost savings, he added, citing $78 per person, per day “for someone sitting in jail,” versus “$24 for treatment and other services.”

Another common theme was the importance of tailoring a program to a community—and that ALL stakeholders from that community need to be at the table to discuss the program. That includes the drug users who will benefit from the program and the law enforcement officers and others who will implement it. The LEAD program began to work, Varnell said, “when we all sat down at a table and broke bread” and realized they shared a common goal. “We knew we wanted to help individuals get to a better place.”

The final panel of the day was moderated by Erich Senin Huang, co-director of Duke Forge and assistant dean for Biomedical Informatics at the Duke School of Medicine. Dana Bernson, assistant director for the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, talked about how her office has been able to link data from various state and community sources, improving accuracy in reporting of opioid deaths and overdoses. Understanding the scope of the problem, panelists agreed, is vital to solving it; research universities, with their wealth of knowledge and resources, can be valuable partners.

Many found the day’s discussions valuable, and attendees could be seen chatting and exchanging business cards throughout the day. Among them was Nicole Schramm-Sapyta, PhD, chief operating officer of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS), one of the event sponsors. She is actively involved in addiction research. “Tackling the opiate epidemic requires collaboration across academic disciplines, and between the academy and the community, along with an understanding of the brain science of addiction, and ultimately, behavior change. DIBS was proud to play a part in sponsoring this incredibly engaging event!”

Other sponsors were the N.C. Scholars Strategy Network and the ncIMPACT program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Government.

View the entire May 1st Opioid forum using the YouTube Link below. Breakout Group materials and key takeaways can be found here.

Science Policy Careers for PhDs Panel

Science Policy Careers Panel for PhDs

Join Duke INSPIRE and other graduate students for a panel discussion with Duke science doctoral degree alumni who have chosen policy career paths in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. The alumni panel will address non-academic careers in public policy and the paths that lead them to their current roles. A networking session with drinks and hors d’oeuvres will follow the hour-long panel discussion.

Sponsored by Duke Policy Bridge, The Graduate School, the Office of Biomedical Graduate Education, and Duke INSPIRE

Alumni Panelists:

  • Barbara Natalizio,  Program Officer, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Adria Wilson, Program Manager, US Department of Energy
  • Heather Dean, Biomedical Engineer, US Food & Drug Administration
  • Jeremy Block, Managing Partner, Venture Catalyst
  • Dave Catarious, Senior Advisor for Cyber Policy, US Department of Energy

Moderated by Amy Hafez, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology PhD ’18

 

Date: Tuesday, April 24th, 2018  5pm-7pm

Location: Rubenstein Library, Holsti-Anderson Room

RSVP: bit.ly/PhDPolicyCareers

Open to doctoral students, post-docs, research associates, and faculty.

 

In addition to this event, Duke provides ongoing opportunities to learn about careers at the nexus of science and policy through SciPol (www.scipol.org) at the Initiative for Science & Society. Visit www.scipol.org to learn more about upcoming events like our Science Policy Happy Hours, the SciPol Summer Institute, and the Doctoral Summer Academy course in Science Policy. Follow us on Twitter @DukeSciPol!

 

Save the Date: APPAM Forum

State and Research University Partnerships in the Opioid Crisis

Continuing the dialogue around evidence-based policymaking discussed at last spring’s APPAM Institutional Member Forum, Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy will host a 2018 topical forum on how to build research and policy partnerships around the prevailing national issue of opioid misuse.

Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources. As observed through Duke’s and other institution’s collaborations with state government on this issue, research universities can provide valuable resources and expertise to government leaders.

This Institutional Forum, held at Duke University, will connect the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic, and will be a valuable opportunity for academics, researchers, and policy officials to exchange best practices for research and policy support in the face of this crisis.

Break out topics will focus on the key areas of:

  • Providing support services for children in households with substance use
  • Assisting state officials with data science inquiries
  • Embedding networks for treatment after overdose
  • Providing a system of care in underserved and rural communities

Speaker details and registration are located here http://www.appam.org/member-forum-state-and-research-university-partnerships-in-the-opioid-crisis/.

Policy Engagement Training

Organized by the Scholars Strategy Network (SSN), in partnership with the William T. Grant Foundation, this interactive workshop provides researchers and data scientists the opportunity to learn best practices for developing reciprocal relationships with civic intermediaries and policymakers. In the pursuit of its mission to bridge the gap between universities and the policy process, the network has identified the knowledge and skills that researchers need to use their expertise more effectively in the policy realm. The centerpiece is an approach that emphasizes relationships and research-practice partnerships between academics and practitioners, rather than the traditional model of one-way information dissemination.

This workshop aims to provide concrete tools to empower researchers to foster long-term, reciprocal relationships with policymakers. These relationships — which are most formally organized as research-practice partnerships, but can take many other forms — have the potential to address policy crises and opportunities when they arise, as well as to promote policy improvement over the long-run. Skills taught in the training include: how to develop ongoing, reciprocal, trusting relationships with policymakers and civic intermediaries; how to assess policymakers’ resources, needs, and opportunities; the timing of the policy-making process; how to make effective use of intermediary groups; how interaction with policymakers can help researchers determine better research questions; and how ongoing policy engagement can be a part of researchers’ academic success.

Co-hosted by Duke Policy Bridge

 

Date: Friday, March 30th

Time: 8am-3pm

Applicationhttp://bit.ly/PolicyTraining

Open to doctoral students, post-docs, research associates, and faculty.

Applications will be accepted until 8:00am EST Tuesday, February 13th. We will notify applicants of their admission status by Monday, February 19th.

Policy Brief Workshop

Policy Bridge invites Duke faculty and researchers to participate in our policy brief workshop on January 23rd with writing exercises led by Dean Storelli, the Duke Center for International Development’s writing and communications trainer. We will also be premiering our new brief template that can be easily used for policy brief writing beginners.

The focus of this workshop will be communicating technical expertise through a policy brief to a non-academic, policy audience. We will cover key elements of brief writing, writing style editing, and using the Policy Bridge brief template for an existing research paper. This workshop is open to all faculty and other researchers interested in learning how to better translate research into policy.

Please bring a policy brief idea and laptop with you to prepare to draft one section of your brief during the workshop.

When:  Tuesday, January 23rd  from 11:30-1:00 pm

Where: Sanford School of Public Policy- Room 223

RSVP at http://bit.ly/PolicyBriefs.  Space is limited.

Lunch will be served.

Policy Caucus Update – October 2017

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

 

Duke – NC Government Opioid Strategy Meeting

On October 19th, Policy Bridge brought twenty state policy makers and Duke researchers together in the offices of Governor Roy Cooper to explore areas for collaboration related to the opioid crisis. The objectives of the meeting were:

  1. To help state officials better understand the range of resources at Duke upon which they can draw.
  2. To alert Duke researchers and clinicians to the issues facing policy makers in order to sharpen the relevance of current and future research, and improve clinical practice.
  3. To consider whether an ongoing interagency and cross-departmental conversation between Duke and NC State government would be valuable.

The Governor’s Policy Director, Jenni Owen, joined Professor Fritz Mayer to moderate a discussion covering a myriad of issues related to the opioid epidemic in North Carolina. The state-level government representatives in attendance included officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Public Security, the Attorney General’s Office, and the Governor’s Office. On the Duke side were researchers representing both social science and hard science perspectives, including the Center for Child and Family Policy, the Health Data Science Center, Government Relations, the Institute for Brain Sciences, the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, and the Duke Health System Opioid Safety Committee.

One primary topic of interest was the divergent views between health practitioners and law enforcement officers regarding the merits of, and best practices around, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT).  Also of note were future legislative efforts by Duke Government Relations and Duke Health System Opioid Safety Committee to provide feedback on the policy implications of North Carolina’s Strengthen Opioid Misuse Prevention (STOP) Act, signed into law by Governor Cooper in late June 2017.

Policy Bridge has made the opioid crisis one of its signature policy areas of interest and will continue to convene meetings aimed at creating stronger networks of communication and collaboration between Duke’s cutting-edge researchers and state policymakers across the spectrum.

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