"Local is Global When Dealing with Health Inequalities."

The mission of our Center is to improve health of individuals and communities, locally, nationally, and internationally, by addressing health inequities through interdisciplinary policy-relevant research, interventions, and evaluations. 

EDUCATION

Our faculty and staff teach and mentor students both on campus and in the field. Our interdisciplinary Center fosters a collaborative, investigative environment that seeks to educate Duke students by providing experiences in working with our research teams and through individual mentorship.

RESEARCH

Multi-disciplinary research and rigorous evaluation provide the path to understanding health disparities, locally and globally. CHPIR values our long-lasting relationships with communities and organizations that allow us to understand health inequalities and changes over time.

SERVICE

At the core of many CHPIR projects is translating research into services, policy, and new interventions. The Center bridges research and service by adapting lessons learned between the US and international settings, bringing efficiency and innovative approaches to our work.


We are an instigator and facilitator of a broad range of health policy and health disparities research that addresses policy relevant issues.

Activities focus on population based health research, health systems research, and health intervention and evaluation research.

EXPLORE OUR RESEARCH

Population Based Health Research

Population Based Health Research

Health Systems Research

Health Systems Research

Intervention & Evaluation Research

Intervention & Evaluation Research

FEATURED PROJECTS

POSITIVE OUTCOMES FOR ORPHANS (POFO)

Population Based Health Research

The objective of this multi-country longitudinal study of orphaned and separated children in Cambodia, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, and Tanzania is to examine the influence of residential characteristics, caregiver characteristics, and culture, on: 1) children's behavior and emotional adjustment; 2) health status including health related quality of life; 3) learning and achievement outcomes; and 4) relationship outcomes.

DUKE CLERGY HEALTH INITIATIVE

Health Intervention and Evaluation Research

This study's mission is to understand and improve the holistic health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. Recent work has focused on analysis and dissemination of intervention results, positive mental health findings, and contributions to the literature on the interplay between physical and mental and spiritual well-being.

EPIC ALLIES: A SMARTPHONE APP FOR ART UPTAKE AND ADHERENCE AMONG YOUNG MSM

Health Systems Research

This multi-site study tests the efficacy of Epic Allies, a mobile phone application (app) that utilizes game mechanics and social networking features to improve engagement in care, anti-retroviral therapy (ART) uptake, ART adherence and viral suppression rates among HIV+ young men who have sex with men (YMSM).

Community Resources for Education and Wellness (CREW)

Health Intervention & Evaluation Research

CREW will provide a continuum of substance use screening, education and treatment services and wellness promotion for individuals living with HIV and minority MSM and transgender women regardless of HIV status. 

Addressing Global Health Needs Among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County

Population Based Health Research

This Bass Connections project serves as the pilot for an ambitious multidisciplinary effort to develop a culturally appropriate, robust healthcare model that can help reduce health disparities among some of Durham’s newest, most vulnerable community members.

FEATURED CHPIR NEWS

Responsive Philanthropy: NCRP Quarterly

Responsive Philanthropy: NCRP Quarterly

CHPIR was recently cited in the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s (NCRP) quarterly journal! Our research was utilized in the article “Pay it forward: A new way to fund grassroots LGBTQ organizing in the South”. Check it out here!

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POFO Awarded Third Round of NIH Funding

POFO Awarded Third Round of NIH Funding

In 2005, Kathryn Whetten, director of the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research (CHPIR), and her colleagues set out to examine predictors of physical and emotional well-being, cognitive development, relationship outcomes and achievement outcomes for a cohort of more than 3,000 orphaned and separated children (OSC) living in five low-income countries (Cambodia, India, Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania).

Fourteen peer-reviewed papers, dozens of conference presentations and 12 years later, the “Positive Outcomes for Orphans” (POFO) project is still ongoing. Whetten, the principal investigator, was recently awarded a third round of funding for the project—a five-year, nearly $2.8 million National Institutes of Health grant.

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National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador Continues

National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador Continues

CHPIR is continuing the National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador project (ENCCI), an evaluation of the Salvadorian government funded implementation of the Whole Child International intervention to improve the care of children in residential and child care settings.

As the new research project director, Dr. Hy Huynh traveled to El Salvador this October to visit child care centers, support office activities, as well as provide ethical humanitarian photography for Whole Child International’s visual storytelling purposes. Below is a selection of photos from his field work:

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WHERE WE WORK:

We are a part of the Duke Global Health Institute (DGHI), joining them in their work to reduce health disparities.
Together, we recognize that local is global when dealing with health inequalities.


Are you passionate about improving health policy and health inequalities?

If so, consider joining us in partnership.

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