Racial and ethnic health disparities are ubiquitous, lead to excess morbidity and mortality, and are associated with substantial healthcare costs. These disparities are present even among those with similar access to care, suggesting that providers and health systems are important contributors to health disparities.
Yet studies of interventions to reduce disparities are limited and when conducted have focused on changing patient behavior and knowledge, leaving substantial gaps in the evidence base of effective interventions to reduce disparities in healthcare delivery.
Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity seeks to address gaps in current disparities research by focusing on the quality of healthcare delivery in the clinical encounter.
REACH Equity Center is committed to supporting investigators at every career stage who are interested in conducting research which promotes health equity.
Through our grants programs and educational opportunities, the Research Education and Training (RET) Subcore aims to develop a pipeline of disparities investigators across the educational and career spectrum (e.g., undergraduate, graduate, and health professional students; postdocs and health professions trainees; and faculty investigators of all ranks) who are working to expand the evidence base for reducing racial and ethnic disparities and/or improving health outcomes among underrepresented racial and ethnic populations.
The Investigator Development Core (IDC) provides 2-year mentored career development support to early-stage investigators proposing rigorous research to develop or test interventions which address the REACH Equity theme.
Funding opportunities include: