Research Education and Training Subcore

The purpose of the Research Education and Training (RET) Subcore is to enrich the environment for conducting high quality, high impact, interdisciplinary health disparities research by enhancing skills, fostering collaborations, and supporting disparities investigators across the learning continuum from undergraduates through established faculty investigators.

The RET:

  • Provides didactic and experiential educational and training opportunities on health disparities research methods
  • Fosters interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Encourages and supports research related to the Center’s theme
  • Creates an “umbrella” of common cause and fellowship which engages health disparities investigators across the campus and health system.

RET Co-Directors

Kevin Thomas, MD  
Associate Professor of Medicine
Vice Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Division of Cardiology

Tiarney Ritchwood

Tiarney Ritchwood, PhD
Assistant Professor in Family Medicine and Community Health
Dept. of Family Medicine and Community Health

Educational Offerings

Health Disparities Research Work in Progress (RWIP) Seminar Series occurs on the first and third Mondays of each month.

Health Disparities Research Curriculum is designed to increase the knowledge and skill of participants in the evaluation, design, and conduct of health disparities research.

Annual Health Disparities Research Colloquium brings together health disparities investigators across the campus to share work, hear presentations from experts inside and outside of Duke.

Student Research Programs

Summer Undergraduate Health Disparities Research Program (RESURP) includes both didactic sessions and mentored research experiences for undergraduates inside and outside of Duke - 2019 summer program details coming soon.

REACH Equity Mentored Research Experience for 3rd Year Medical and Nursing Students provides an opportunity for students to spend one year with a REACH Equity Research Faculty Mentor to develop a one-year project.

Funding Opportunities

Health Disparities Research Vouchers Program provides one-year of funding (up to $12,500 for up to 2 awards) to faculty at any level to support small research project which is related to Center’s theme.

REACH Equity Research Scholars Program provides one-year of funding (up to $5,000 for up to 2 awards) for trainees (residents, fellows, postdocs) to conduct mentored research project related to Center’s theme.

Health Disparities Transdisciplinary Think Tanks provide support to bring together faculty across disciplines with a common interest in an area of health disparities research.