Community Engagement in Durham and Around the World

Most Bass Connections teams work with partners beyond Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. Teams have worked with 352 external partners in 35 countries on five continents in addition to many cities and towns around the U.S., the Carolinas and here in Durham.

In the 2019-2020 academic year:

  • 63% of our year-long project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 130 external affiliates.
  • Each Data+, Story+ and Global Health Student Research Training team had a partner, sponsor or client.
  • Five graduate students and 18 undergraduates from other colleges and universities joined our teams.

2020-2021 Project Teams with North Carolina Partners

Assessing an Innovative Community-based Response to COVID-19 in Rural North Carolina

  • Pamlico County Health Department

Big Data for Reproductive Health

  • IntraHealth International, Chapel Hill 

Community-based Testing and Primary Care to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission

  • Carrboro Community Health Center (Piedmont Health) 
  • Durham Public Schools  

Defining Social Change through Music with El Sistema USA

  • El Sistema USA, Durham

Elections in a Pandemic

  • You Can Vote, North Carolina
  • North Carolina State Board of Elections

Equity and Efficiency of Using Wearables Data for COVID-19 Monitoring

  • Duke Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Community Engaged Research Initiative

Expanding Latinx Representation in Health & STEM Careers: Evaluation of SALUD

  • Migrant Roots Media, Durham
  • Root Causes, Durham
  • Rotary International, Durham
  • Durham Public Schools Foundation

Eye Tracking: Objective Assessment for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury in Youth Athletes

  • Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh
  • Durham Eagles Pop Warner Youth Football
  • Raleigh Revolution Middle School Youth Football

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

  • Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham
  • Duke University Hospital Emergency Medicine
  • Duke Children's Primary Care at Roxboro
  • North Carolina Central University

Improving Food Security to Increase Resiliency to COVID-19 for Latinx Populations

  • Farmer Foodshare, Durham 
  • LatinX Medical Student Association, Durham
  • Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham
  • El Centro Hispano, Durham
  • Durham County Food Security Task Force
  • Root Causes, Durham

Improving Girls’ Math Identity through Problem-solving & Mentorship

  • Durham Public Schools

Leave No One Behind: Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities in North Carolina

  • The Alliance of Disability Advocates, Raleigh

Mental Health & the Justice System in Durham County

  • Criminal Justice Resource Center, Durham
  • Stepping Up Initiative, Durham
  • Durham County Detention Facility 
  • Durham Crisis Intervention Team Leadership Collaborative

Mindfulness in Human Development

  • R.N. Harris Elementary School, Durham
  • Y.O.G.A. for Youth, Durham

North Carolina Early Childhood Action Plan: Evidence-based Policy Solutions

  • Partnership for Children, Durham
  • Durham County Department of Social Services
  • North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina Wildfire Risks & Public Trust

  • North Carolina Central University
  • Rockingham Community College

Regenerative Grazing to Mitigate Climate Change

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro
  • Firsthand Foods, Durham
  • Amazing Grazing, Raleigh
  • Triangle Land Conservancy, Williamson Preserve

Social Network Dynamics & Social Development among Preschoolers

  • The Little School of Hillsborough
  • The Little School of Duke, Durham

Strengthening Partnerships between Durham Public Schools & Local Universities

  • Bull City Community Schools Partnership
  • Durham Public Schools
  • North Carolina Central University

U.S. Immigration Climate & Mental Health Outcomes of Latinx Immigrants

  • El Centro Hispano, Durham