Community Engagement

Bass Connections and community engagement

Most Bass Connections teams work with community partners outside Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies.

In the 2016-17 academic year:

  • 86% of project team leaders who responded to the end-of-year survey reported that their team engaged externally in some way, including having an external client or community partner, collecting data from participants outside of Duke and consulting external organizations for guidance.
  • 19 project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 58 external affiliates.

The most rewarding aspect was the collaborative working environment we developed and the interactions we had with in-country stakeholders [Ministry of Health and Save the Children Bangladesh]. I learned an immeasurable amount from both my Duke and Bangladeshi colleagues and was offered a much broader lens through which to view both the problem and potential solutions. —Courtney Caiola (Nursing)

Bass Connections teams have worked with 104 community partners in 29 countries on five continents in addition to many cities and towns around the U.S., the Carolinas and right here in Durham.*


*From 2013-14 through 2016-17; map includes project teams and three summer programs (Data+, Global Health Student Research Training, Summer Neuroscience Program)

Durham Examples

Stemming the Opiate Epidemic through Education and Outreach

School Dropout Prevention in the Durham Public Schools

Addressing Global Health Needs among Refugee Children and Families in Durham County

North and South Carolina Examples

NC Jukebox

Energy Efficiency in Industry: High-tech Glass Manufacturing at Corning Inc.

Individual and Household Responses to the October 2015 Floods in South Carolina

Global Examples

Improving Neurosurgery Patient Outcomes in Uganda

The Cost of Opportunity? Higher Education in the Baixada Fluminense

Environmental Epidemiology in Latin America

Duke’s contribution is very important as it serves to set out the course of action for future work. —Dr. Jaime F. Flores, Executive Director, Alto Amazonas Health Network, Regional Government of Loreto, Peru