Health Disparities Research Works In Progress Seminar Series

Co-sponsored by the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity and the Center for Community and Population Health Improvement, the Health Disparities Research Works in Progress (RWIP) is a seminar series that occurs on the first and third Mondays of each month from September 20, 2021 – June 20, 2022 from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m (with some exceptions, see below for current schedule). These interactive seminars and workshops feature talks from junior and senior faculty investigators about current research and projects in development. The seminars include opportunities for questions and feedback from attendees. Please refer to the table below for information about presenters and topics. To subscribe or unsubscribe to our listserv:

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September 20, 2021William Darity, PhD
Distinguished Professor of Public Policy;
Professor of African and African American Studies;
Professor of Economics;
Director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity
What we know (and don't know) about wealth and health disparitiesZoom
October 4, 2021Deepshikha Ashana, MD; Clarissa Diamantidis, MD; Lisa McElroy, MD; Karthik Raghunathan, MD; Jonas Swartz, MD; Michelle White, MD"Speed Dating" session: Short presentations by researchers to introduce and invite to potential workgroupsZoom
October 18, 2021Jennifer Rymer, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine
Division of Cardiology
Validating patient-reported outcomes measures in a racially diverse patient population with symptomatic peripheral artery diseaseZoom
November 1, 2021Jennifer Plumb Vilardaga, PhD
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Engaging older African Americans with osteoarthritis in behavioral pain management and physical activityZoom
November 15, 2021Charity Oyedeji, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology
Sickle Cell Disease Functional Assessment Validation and Refinement (SILVR) studyZoom
December 6, 2021Patrick Pun, MD
Assoc. Professor of Medicine
Division of Nephrology
CPR in dialysis clinics: The role of facility resources and patient factors in racial disparitiesZoom
December 20, 2021Winter BreakWinter BreakZoom
January 3, 2022Winter BreakWinter BreakZoom
January 24, 2022Colin Smith, MD
Dept. of Medicine,
Internal Medicine-Psychiatry;

A. Ian Wong, MD
Medical Instructor
Dept. of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care
Experiences of African American individuals treated in the Psychiatric Emergency Unit
at Duke University Hospital

Big data, blood oxygen levels, & quantitative health equity
February 7, 2022Kai Sun, MD
Asst. Professor of Medicine
Dept. of Medicine
Division of Rheumatology & Immunology
Identifying barriers to medication adherence among patients with Systemic Lupus ErythematosusZoom
February 21, 2022Lavanya Vasudevan, PhD
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health
Proactively addressing parental vaccine hesitancy to promote timely childhood immunizationsZoom
March 7, 2022Jashalynn German, MD
Fellow, Dept. of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology
Prescribing and usage trends of Continuous Glucose Monitoring in patients with Type 2 DiabetesZoom
March 21, 2022Osondu Ogbuoji, ScD
Asst. Professor
Duke Global Health Institute
Value-based care and racial disparities in maternal health outcomesZoom
April 4, 2022Michelle Franklin, PhD
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Margolis Ctr. for Health Policy
Dept. of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Tailoring the Duke Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Family Partner Coach InterventionZoom
April 18, 2022Melissa Cunningham Kay, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Duke Department of Pediatrics
Feasibility of delivering a digital intervention to increase diet quality among WIC recipientsZoom
May 2, 2022Tolu Oyesanya, PhD, RN
Assoc. Professor
School of Nursing
Inclusion of Spanish-speaking patients and families in Traumatic Brain Injury transitional care interventionsZoom
May 16, 2022 Stephanie Ibemere, PhD, RN
Asst. Professor
School of Nursing
Developing the Sickle Cell Disease Outpatient Satisfaction SurveyZoom
June 13, 2022 Tiarney Ritchwood, PhD
Asst. Professor
Dept. of Family Medicine & Community Health
Year in ReviewZoom