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 between the 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.

 

Upcoming Projects 2021-2022

 

Empowering Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Women-inspired Strategies for Health (WISH) 

The overall goal of this project is to reduce disparities in access to screening and treatment among low-income women in Peru. The project team will conduct evaluations of key implementation factors for long-term sustainability and scaling of the WISH model (cost-effectiveness, policymaking, community awareness/storytelling) for cervical cancer screening and treatment in Cajamarca, Peru 

 

Evaluating Strategies to Reduce the Global Burden of Hearing Loss

Building on the work of the 2020-2021 team, this project will synthesize available evidence to inform cost-effectiveness modeling to evaluate strategies to reduce hearing loss. The overall goal is to envision a world where the evidence on the economics of global (and country-specific) hearing healthcare policy is available to and understood by all stakeholders, and where evidence-based economic analyses are incorporated into strategies for reducing the burden of unaddressed hearing loss.

 

Help Desk: Scaling Volunteer Models that Address Patients' Social Needs

The project team will expand their work from previous years and continue their partnership with Lincoln Community Health Center in Durham to design a student volunteer Help Desk program. While the Lincoln Behavioral Health team has been screening patients for unmet social needs and referring patients to community services, many patients still face hurdles to connecting with community-based resources. In 2019-2020, the Help Desk team trained students to be Community Resource Navigators who could follow-up with patients over the phone to help them navigate barriers and thereby increase use of community resources.

 

Increasing Access to Laparoscopic Surgery in Low-income Countries

This project team will continue to develop a low-cost and reusable laparoscope suitable for use in low- and middle-income countries. Building on the work of previous teams, the 2020-2021 team will move the design from a prototype toward a viable commercial product. The team will continue to create a business model that includes marketing ReadyView in high-income country markets and the ReadySuite for low- and middle-income country markets. Team members will improve the ReadyView laparoscope by providing a 30-degree viewing angle, which will increase visualization to see around corners.

 

North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan: Evidence-based Policy Solutions (2021-2022) 

This project aims to combine scientific and practical knowledge to inform North Carolina’s Early Childhood Councils on how the state can achieve and track its policy goals. The 2019-2020 team focused on researching one of the goals of the Early Childhood Action Plan that seeks to improve children’s social-emotional health and resilience. The 2020-2021 team’s research will focus either on the goal of “Food Security,” which aims to decrease the percentage of children living in food insecure-homes, or the goal of “Healthy Babies,” which seeks to lower the infant mortality disparity ratio.

 

Treating Alzheimer's with Gene Therapy and the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications 

This project aims to advance research and development of the new gene therapy technologies that will be applicable to treating age-related brain diseases such as LOAD, and to examine their implications for society.

 

Current Projects 2020-2021

Empowering Prevention of Cervical Cancer: Women-inspired Strategies for Health (WISH) (2020-2021)

Evaluating Strategies to Reduce the Global Burden of Hearing Loss (2020-2021)

Help Desk: Scaling Volunteer Models that Address Patients' Social Needs (2020-2021)

Increasing Access to Laparoscopic Surgery in Low-income Countries (2020-2021)

North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan: Evidence-based Policy Solutions (2020-2021) 

 

Past Projects

Developing Data Tools for Natural Disasters: Implementing Best Practices for Electricity-dependent Medicaid Enrollees (2019-2020)

Help Desk: A Student Initiative to Help Address the Social Determinants of Health (2019-2020)

NC Early Childhood Action Plan: Achieving Goals with Innovative, Evidence-based Policy Solutions (2019-2020)

REGAIN: Roadmap for Evaluating Goals in Advanced Illness Navigation (2019-2020)

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

NC Medicaid Reform Advisory Team (2016-2017)

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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.