The Children’s Health & Discovery Initiative has partnered with Duke departments, Durham Community Organizations, and North Carolina Governmental Organizations to advance and support research in Children’s Health.

Child Maltreatment Prevention Lab: Led by Dr. Beth Gifford, this lab takes administrative and health data to identify individual- and community- level factors associated with child maltreatment

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Duke Population Research Center: The Duke Population Research Center (DPRC) is a dynamic community of population researchers from Duke University's social, biological, mathematical, statistical, health and policy sciences. With a mission to catalyze cutting edge research into the fundamental questions of population well-being, the Center expands the boundaries of demographic investigation and champions the next generation of researchers. DPRC research interests encompass health and well-being over the life course, extend across generations and primate species, and use cutting-edge network analyses to broaden our understanding of population health processes.

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CTSI-CHDI Child Health Equity Program: The goal of this program is to develop strategies to help mitigate child health inequities and disparities in child healthcare access and health outcomes.

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Project HOPE 1000: This research project is developing a cohort of 1000 mother-infant dyads which will provide birth samples from pregnancy to early childhood to help identify early life factors that influence lifelong health and diseases.

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Clinical Research with Electronic Health Records (CR-EHR): Interdisciplinary course engages clinical and quantitative researchers in how to engage with Duke electronic health record data.

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Pilot Funding: 6 applications for funding have been granted with the support of Duke MEDx and Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine for 2 requests, allowing CHDI to fund over $900,000 to 15 research projects.

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Clinical Research Datamart: This curated electronic health record datamart provides a subset of consistently-defined data elements that have been used to investigate patient intrinsic and extrinsic factors of individuals served by Duke Health systems.

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Translating Duke Health: This initiative is a multi-disciplinary, multi-year commitment to harness knowledge and expertise found at Duke to address society’s most significant scientific and healthcare challenges and fulfill the vision of making discoveries

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