The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity has selected the 2019 cohort of awardees for its Research, Education, and Training Subcore Research Scholar (trainees) and Research Voucher (faculty) programs.

These awards support investigators at every career stage who are interested in conducting research related to the REACH Equity Center theme: addressing racial and ethnic disparities in health by developing and testing interventions that improve the quality of patient-centered care in the clinical encounter across settings, diagnoses, stages of illness, and throughout the life course.

The awardees are:

Research Scholars Program

Photo of Allison Stafford, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Nursing

Allison Stafford, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, School of Nursing

Mentor: Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda PhD

Project title: Patient, family, and provider perspectives on Latina adolescents’ engagement in depression treatment

The purpose of this study is examine patient, family and health-care provider perspectives of facilitators and barriers to depression treatment engagement.

Profile Photo of George Yankey, MD, Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

George Yankey, MD, Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Mentor:  Larry Jackson MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

Project title: Factors influencing under-utilization of aortic valve replacement (AVR) as a function of race and ethnicity

The aims of this project are to examine racial differences in reasons for AVR non-receipt and to identify factors most predictive of AVR non-receipt in patients with severe aortic stenosis.


Research Vouchers Program

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Matthew Dupre, PhD, Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Population of Health Sciences

Project title: Leveraging patient-reported data to address racial disparities in 30-day readmission in patients with cardiovascular disease patients

The goals of this research are to examine racial differences in self-perceived and actual risks of 30-day readmission among patients hospitalized with cardiovascular disease and to identify socioeconomic, psychosocial, behavioral, and health-related factors associated with these differences.

 

Photo of Alison Weidner, MD, Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Alison Weidner, MD, Professor, School of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Project title: Improving patient/provider engagement and communication via a mobile app

This project aims to improve the quality of shared decision-making between patients and providers about the management of uterine fibroids by developing a uterine fibroid-specific version of an existing digital tool developed at Duke University, the Prepped app.  This health information app helps patients to prepare for provider visits by identifying questions that specifically address their information needs.


Kimberly S. Johnson, MD, Director of REACH Equity, said that reviewers selected these awardees from yet another impressively competitive pool of applicants. “I am very excited about this talented group of investigators and the work that they have proposed.  Consistent with the theme of REACH Equity, these projects propose patient-centered approaches to improve the quality of healthcare delivery and reduce health disparities across diseases and age groups.  I look forward to working with these investigators over the next year of their REACH Equity support and beyond.”

The REACH Equity Research Scholar and Research Voucher Programs are part of the Research, Education, and Training Subcore which is co-directed by Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS, FACE, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, Nutrition, and Kevin Thomas, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology.

REACH Equity is a Specialized Center of Excellence, funded by the NIH through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIHMD) https://www.nimhd.nih.gov/