Global Is Local

Global health partnerships in Durham and surrounding communities

DGHI has been involved in research, service and education activities in our home city of Durham and surrounding communities since our founding. We recognize that health disparities exist in our own communities, and our faculty, staff and students are committed to applying global health principles to addressing local issues. 

Partnering with a variety of health organizations and U.S.-based universities, more than two dozen DGHI faculty members are leading multidisciplinary studies in Durham and the surrounding areas on topics related to HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, access to healthcare, chronic diseases, refugee health, mental health, aging, health policy, genetics, infectious diseases and more. We seek to apply multi-directional learning, where learning from our international and local work is shared across borders and implemented alongside our partners to improve innovation and knowledge in a collaborative manner.

Key Faculty


  • Lincoln Community Health Center
  • Durham County Department of Public Health
  • Carolina Outreach
  • Church World Service
  • Center for Child & Family Health
  • Sachiko Ozawa
  • UNC - Eshelman School of Pharmacy
  • Watts School of Nursing
  • Bull City Fit
  • North Carolina Lead and Safe Homes Task Force
  • NC Department of Health and Human Services

Duke Entities

DGHI centers

  • Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research
  • Global Digital Health Science Center
  • DGHI Evidence Lab


  • Nicholas School of the Environment
  • Pratt School of Engineering
  • Sanford School of Public Policy
  • School of Medicine (Cardiology, Community and Family Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Internal Medicine, OB/GYN, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Population Health Science)
  • School of Nursing
  • Trinity College of Arts & Sciences (Computer Science, Psychology and Neuroscience, Romance Studies)

Other units

  • Duke Human Vaccine Institute
  • Samuel Dubois Center on Social Equity
  • Center for the Study of Aging and Human Development
  • Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Office of Durham & Community Affairs

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Closer to Home

DGHI is bringing new focus to research and training partnerships in its own community. How can a global health perspective help address health disparities at home? 

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North Carolina school children take part in DGHI community gardening project
North Carolina school children take part in a community gardening project created by DGHI researchers to help promote nutrition and reduce obesity in early childhood. As many as one third of DGHI’s research projects are working with groups in North Carolina to address health disparities.