The Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity addresses racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions to improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter.
REACH Equity is one of 12 centers funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health. These specialized research centers are designed to conduct multidisciplinary research, research training, and community engagement activities focused on improving minority health and reducing health disparities. They play a vital role in realizing NIMHD's mission to support research in minority health and health disparities, promote the training of a diverse research workforce, disseminate research findings, and foster innovative collaborations and partnerships.
"What is most exciting about REACH Equity is its goal to move from describing racial and ethnic disparities in health to developing actionable ways for health care providers and health systems to improve patient care and reduce these disparities."
Kimberly S. Johnson MD MHS
Director of REACH Equity
Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Geriatrics
Current Research Projects
The Center is currently supporting the following three RO-1 level research projects:
- Development and Pilot Testing of an Implicit Bias Training Intervention for Providers to Advance Equity in Healthcare
- The Effect of a Clinician Communication Coaching Intervention on Racial Disparities in the Quality of Communication in Clinical Encounters
- The effect of a Needs-Targeted Intervention on Racial Disparities in Unmet Needs of Patients and Families in the Intensive Care Unit