"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Dr. Hy V. Huynh, Research Associate at CHPIR, publishes his dissertation on whether quality of care or care setting is more important for the psychosocial well-being of orphans and separated children.
Check out his article, published in PLOS One: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0218100#abstract0
Dr. Hy V. Huynh, Research Associate at CHPIR, combines his unique background and expertise in community psychology and humanitarian photography to publish the first visual-based research article ever published in an academic journal.
Check out his visual research article, titled “Lessons Learned from High-Quality Residential Care Centers Around the World: A Visual Story”, published in Springer’s International Journal on Child Maltreatment: Research, Policy and Practice.
CHPIR is looking for a student to work with a multidisciplinary team (consisting of a community psychologist, epidemiologist, population health researcher, and NGO program director) and is interested in improving the quality of residential care for orphan and vulnerable children in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) through the development of a quality of care measurement tool.