Health Equity

Health Equity

A Call to Action: Leverage Health Policy to Advance Health Equity for All

The Challenge:  Structural racism, social and political determinants of health, and the unequal distribution of opportunities and resources routinely disenfranchise Black, Indigenous, and other people of color (BIPOC). This disenfranchisement is the root cause of disparities in health access, outcomes, and patient experience in the United States and around the world. Health inequities in health policy and research often result from decisions about what research topics are pursued, who is included, and what and how data is collected, analyzed and presented. These decisions can perpetuate or dismantle historic and current health inequities.

The Goal: Duke-Margolis aims to ensure that its health policy research and leadership contributes significantly to dismantling health inequities.

The Response:  Duke-Margolis is committed to critically examining and expanding its research portfolio to understand inequities in health care, access, and outcomes, as well as the policies that institutionalize them. In this work, Duke-Margolis is building on the Center’s ongoing efforts and research to develop evidence-based solutions to reduce inequities among historically marginalized populations.


Health Equity and Responding to COVID-19

Across the Nation

Duke-Margolis is working with state and national leaders to identify and share best practices for the equitable distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, testing, and therapeutics.

Read more about the COVID-19 Equity Learning Network, which is facilitating shared learning among governor-appointed health equity COVID-19 task force leaders in their efforts to accelerate progress toward health equity.

Read more about Informing North Carolina’s COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Projected Service Needs of Medicaid Beneficiaries

Duke-Margolis team members are actively involved in the following programs:

Read more about the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics-Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) Coordinating Center, co-led by the Duke Clinical Research Institute and UNC’s Center for Health Equity Research

Read more about the Latinx Advocacy Team & Interdisciplinary Network for COVID-19(LATIN-19), a recipient of the 2020 Duke Presidential Awards


Around the World

Duke-Margolis Core Faculty members and researchers are focused on mitigating disruptions in primary care and other essential services, and increasing access to COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics in low- and middle-income countries.

Read more about the Center for Policy Impact in Global Health, including Reaffirming the significance of global public good for health: solidarity in response to COVID-19 and future shocks

Receive weekly updates from Global Health Innovation Center’s project Mapping COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Purchases across the Globe, by subscribing here. 

Read more about the Center for Global Women’s Health Technologies, including Women-Inspired Strategies for Healthcare

Read more about work on integrating rehabilitation services globally


Addressing Health Equity through Scholarship

Duke-Margolis is equipping future health leaders with the tools and knowledge to assess and address systemic, root causes of health inequity; apply health equity principles to research, program and policy design; and develop policies that advance health equity.

Read more about health equity education programming

Health Policy Courses

Duke-Margolis Bass Connections Projects

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Anti-Racism and Health Equity Committee

Duke-Margolis established the Anti-Racism and Equity Committee (AREC) following George Floyd’s 2020 death from police brutality. The Committee identified four high-level aims for the Center and its work:

  • Research Practices and Priorities
  • Academic Programming and Education
  • Staffing, Recruitment, and Retention
  • Communications and Operations

Read more about the ARE Committee here




Events and Presentations