The Duke Clergy Health Initiative began in 2007. Its mission is to understand and improve the holistic health of United Methodist clergy in North Carolina. The Initiative has developed, conducted, and tested 3 interventions, including an intervention targeting metabolic syndrome and depression tested with over 1,100 clergy in a randomized controlled trial design. The Initiative includes a longitudinal panel survey on health and well-being conducted in 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016, as well as a mixed methods study seeking to determine how some pastors sustain high positive mental health. 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 health and spiritual well-being.
The primary aims of this four-year study are: 1) to evaluate the effects of an educational intervention by WCI on caregivers and children in child development and child protection centers in El Salvador; and 2) to convert the WCI-QCUALS quality of child care assessment tool into an electronic application to strengthen its capacity for monitoring and evaluating the quality of care in diverse settings.
The BASIC project aims to evaluate the scaling-up of task sharing the delivery of mental health care for orphaned children in Bungoma County, Kenya. More specifically, it will investigate suggestions from previous studies that partnering with two government sectors, education and health, could be a low-cost and sustainable strategy to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) in this population.
Sabbath Living is an intervention, designed and conducted by Blessed Earth, to teach and encourage United Methodist clergy in North Carolina to set apart one day a week for spiritual and recreational activities. The Center is evaluating the intervention using mixed methods. We will compare the positive mental health and spiritual well-being outcomes (primary outcomes), as well as depression and anxiety outcomes (secondary outcomes) between two groups of clergy: 1) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and proceed to engage in Sabbath-keeping, versus 2) clergy who attend a Sabbath Living workshop and do not go on to engage in Sabbath-keeping. We will also examine the potential explanatory pathway of social support.
This study is developing a virtual reality intervention to increase HIV testing uptake among adolescent men who have sex with men (MSM) by providing realistic character-driven scenarios that allow youth to actively experience the HIV testing process.
Vaccinations are a highly cost-effective public health intervention. They prevent over 2.5 million childhood deaths each year. Partnering with Clinica Esperanza and Offices of the Secretariat of Health Roatan, Bass Connections team members are developing an mHealth intervention to identify and reach under-immunized or unimmunized children.