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
As part of Policy Bridge’s mission to connect Duke researchers with policymakers, we’ve launched a new series in Duke Today highlighting policy engagement efforts led by faculty and researchers across campus. The inaugural article highlights research scientist Katie Rosanbalm, who works with schools and child services agencies across North Carolina to better identify and treat children affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES). From focus groups with care providers to collaborations with nonprofits, Rosanbalm’s community-based research is already seeing results. One pilot program in Rowan County has resulted in fewer hospitalizations and crisis center services requested since its inception four years ago.
Would you like us to highlight your research in the next installment? To inquire about our engagement story series, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Developing Consultation and Collaboration Skills (DCCS) is an innovative teacher professional development program that aims to increase language and literacy outcomes for Latino English Learners. In Fall 2016, the program developed a video to showcase their research findings and collaborative partnership with ESL and classroom teachers. The Policy Bridge helped provide funding for this video and worked with Leslie Babinski, Principal Investigator for the DCCS project and Associate Director of Duke’s Center for Child and Family Policy.
When asked about the impact of this video, Babinski shared:
“The DCCS video highlights the three important policy implications from our research: the need for collaboration among teachers, the value of building on students’ cultural wealth in the classroom, and the positive impact of high-impact instructional strategies on English Learners’ academic progress. We are thrilled to be able to share this video with a wide range of stakeholders – from researchers, to principals, to teachers, to parents – to disseminate what we’ve learned from our research.”
The Policy Bridge offers small grant funding for projects that engage the connection between research and policy. You can find more information about the funding criteria here.
The Policy Bridge helped the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI) plan a stakeholder engagement strategy to broaden the reach of its research on an innovative integration treatment model for persons with hepatitis C and alcohol use. This assistance will allow DGHI to generate broader interest in a maximally feasible care model for these patients.
It was mind-changing for us to consider engaging the people who might ultimately use our findings now, prior to study results.
Rae Jean Proeschold-Bell, Associate Research Professor, Global Health; Director, DGHI Evidence Lab
On September 22nd, 2016, N.C. State legislators and other guests gathered for a discussion on “The Intersections of Child Welfare and Substance Abuse: Strategies for Supporting Families.” This was the 10th in a series of Family Impact Seminars designed to provide objective, non-advocacy, solution-oriented research on timely issues selected by policymakers. The seminars encourage policymakers to consider the impact of policies on families, just as they regularly consider the impact of policies on the economy and the environment.
At the request of a Duke Medical School professor, the Policy Bridge provided guidance to Duke Vaccine Institute leaders about strategies for incorporating policy engagement into their work and for communicating policy-relevant findings to a range of stakeholders.
The Bridge program helped to bring together faculty who were interested in thinking through the area of vaccine policy and vaccine education, as a connection to both the Duke Human Vaccine Institute and the Department of Pediatrics at the School of Medicine.
– Sallie Permar, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, and Immunology, Human Vaccine Institute, Duke University Medical Center