Centers

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The Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research, based at the Duke Global Health Institute, is an instigator and facilitator of a broad range of health policy and health disparities research that address policy relevant issues. Activities focus on population-based health research, health systems research, and intervention and evaluation research. The Center’s research initiatives span the globe, with projects in such places as Tanzania, India and Russia. One particular area of groundbreaking research on the health or orphans has challenged the policies of children’s rights organizations on a global scale.

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The Duke Hubert-Yeargan Center for Global Health's mission is to develop the next generation of globally educated, socially responsible health care professionals dedicated to improving the health of disadvantaged populations. Since joining AMPATH in 2006, the Hubert-Yeargan Center has launched a Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Disease Center of Excellence in Eldoret, which is also a training site for the Global Health Residency/Fellowship Pathway. HYC has coordinated bi-lateral education exchanges for numerous Kenyan and Duke medical students and residents, initiated a number of research programs and led efforts to open a 10-bed cardiac care unit at Moi Training and Referral Hospital in 2013.

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The Duke Global Digital Health Science Center's mission is to close health disparities using digital health. We are one of the only research groups in the nation to be wholly devoted to testing the power of digital health treatments to improve the health of medically vulnerable populations. We are guided by the hypothesis that understanding how low income populations use information technologies can help to ensure their access to critical health information and interventions in an increasingly connected global society. Our projects aim to accelerate digital health research such that it can compete with industry and inform policy. We focus specifically on building digital health interventions that encourage behavior change. The majority of our past research has focused on weight management, and future planned projects include multiple chronic disease self-management (chronic kidney disease, hypertension, diabetes), cancer prevention, and HIV/AIDS treatment.

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The Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies (GWHT) at Duke University bridges the Pratt School of Engineering and the Duke Global Health Institute. By integrating these diverse institutional atmospheres, the center serves as a hub to enhance research and education initiatives in women’s diseases globally, in particular chronic disease such as breast and cervical cancer, and maternal fetal health. The center provides Duke students and trainees with a stimulating multidisciplinary and multicultural experiences to tackle global challenges in women’s health.  The Center aims to create an international pipeline of innovators and innovations to transform the health of women around the world.

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The Global Health Research Center is a partnership between Duke Kunshan University (DKU), the Duke Global Health Institute at Duke University and its global partners to conduct cutting-edge research that addresses the future health of populations in China and the region. The innovative hub for global health research will bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts to address three broad global health issues of great importance to China: health policy and systems, global environmental health, and chronic and non-communicable diseases. The Center will also help facilitate partnerships in global health across China, Asia and Africa.

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