Duke-Margolis Bass Connections Projects

Duke-Margolis Bass Connections Projects

The Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy has applied and been accepted for a multitude of Bass Connections projects through the University. These projects assist to bridge the gap of classroom and the real world, giving students a chance to roll up their sleeves and tackle complex societal problems alongside faculty and staff on interdisciplinary teams. Together they work on interdisciplinary teams of graduate and undergraduate students collaborating with the faculty and staff on cutting-edge research that spans subjects, demographic groups and borders. Duke-Margolis is fortunate to have this opportunity for students and associated faculty.


Summary of 2019-20 Projects


Developing Data Tools for Natural Disasters: Implementing Best Practices for Electricity-dependent Medicaid Enrollees

This project will create emergency preparedness tools and algorithms using Medicaid claims data to identify individuals with electricity-dependent medical equipment or important refrigeration-sensitive medications. Once developed and tested, these algorithms can be run in the days or weeks before a hurricane strikes to identify high-risk patients. The resulting list of high-risk patients can then be securely disclosed to emergency responders and local health departments to prioritize recovery efforts. This work will be conducted in partnership with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health

This Bass Connections project will expand and evaluate a “Help Desk” program at Lincoln Community Health Center, in which student volunteers are included in the process that connects patients to community-based resources. The study will help facilitate data-driven improvements in implementation and establish the foundation for sustainability. The Lincoln Behavioral Health team currently screens patients for unmet social needs and refers them to community services. However, patients face many hurdles when looking for community-based resources, like identifying a service location accessible by public transport or understanding service eligibility criteria.


NC Early Childhood Action Plan: Achieving Goals with Innovative, Evidence-based Policy Solutions

The research and evidence base available to policymakers for young children is substantial, yet translation of research into practice has been limited. Innovative, practical and evidence-based policy solutions targeting these identified goals are needed. This Bass Connections project will compile scientific and practical knowledge to inform North Carolina’s Early Childhood Councils on how the state can achieve and track the goals in the Early Childhood Action Plan.


REGAIN: Roadmap for Evaluating Goals in Advanced Illness Navigation

Launched in 2017, REGAIN is a novel collaboration between Duke Health (including the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing) and Duke University.The overarching aim of REGAIN is to develop and begin to implement a roadmap for goals of care conversations for patients with serious illnesses in Duke Health. Led by the Duke Center for Palliative Care and supported by the health system and academic partners, REGAIN will be Duke Health’s strategy for ensuring that all patients have access to open, accurate and empathetic communication about their goals for care.


Past Projects


Transforming Alzheimer's Disease Care through Integrating Caregivers (2018-2019)


NC Medicaid Reform Advisory Team(2016-2017)


Margolis core faculty with Scholar Meril Pothen and SCOHP President Sahil Sandhu presenting on their Bass Connections project Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health.