Community Engagement in Durham and Around the World

Bass Connections teams and community partners.

Most Bass Connections teams work with partners beyond Duke, including nonprofits, universities, school systems, hospitals, government agencies and private companies. From Fall 2013 through Spring 2023, teams have worked with 583 external partners in 46 countries on six continents in addition to many cities and towns in 20 states plus the District of Columbia.

In 2022-2023, nearly two-thirds of our year-long project teams had one or more formal community partners or clients, totaling 98 external affiliates. We were also joined by 88 graduate and undergraduate students from other universities worldwide, including 52 from Duke Kunshan University.

Map of the world with many nations highlighted in green.

Please click on the map to enlarge. Dark green shading indicates locations where one or more teams have engaged intensively through fieldwork and/or strong local partnerships. Light green shading indicates locations where teams have had less intensive, but still significant, engagement, including in-depth comparative analyses or brief visits not grounded through local partnerships.

2023-2024 North Carolina–Focused Project Teams

Each year, about a quarter of our project teams engage in research and outreach with community partners here in Durham and across the state.

Assessing and Improving Girls’ and Women’s Math Identity

  • Durham Public Schools

Assessing Climate Change Risk of Rural Coastal Plain Communities

  • Saltwater Intrusion and Sea Level Rise Research Coordination Network

Celebra mi herencia: A Spanish Reading Program

  • Book Harvest, Durham
  • Durham Public Library
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel, Durham
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Durham
  • Latino Educational Achievement Partnership, Durham

Children’s Complex Care Coalition of North Carolina (4CNC) 

  • Children’s Complex Care Coalition of North Carolina at Duke University and the University of North Carolina

Closing the Gap on Health Disparities and Outcome in Hypertension

  • Benniegirl, Durham
  • BeYu Caffe, Durham

Community-Informed Policy to Improve Latinx Health Outcomes in North Carolina

  • El Centro Hispano, Durham
  • Iglesia La Semilla, Durham
  • Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Durham
  • Latino Community Credit Union, Durham
  • LILA Latinx LGBTQ Initiative, Durham

Community for Antepartum Patients (CAP): Establishing an Inpatient Model for Group Prenatal Care at Duke

  • Duke University Health System

Developing a Roadmap for Goals of Care Conversations at Duke Health

  • Duke University Health System

Economic Evaluation of School-Based Mental Health Systems

  • North Carolina Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education)

Enhancing Diversity in STEM Careers Through Mentored Training

  • Durham Public Schools
  • North Carolina School of Science and Math, Durham

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

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

Ignite: Improving Students’ STEM-Identity Through Human-Centered Design

  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham

Increasing Children’s Sense of Belonging in STEM Fields

  • Museum of Life and Science, Durham

Life After Stroke: An Inclusive Approach to Addressing Sensory Health Needs

  • Coalition of Occupational Therapy Advocates for Diversity at Duke
  • Durham/Duke Stroke Support Group
  • North Carolina Black Disabilities Network
  • Orange/Hillsborough Caregiver Support Group
  • UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill

Mental Health and the Justice System in Durham County 

  • Alliance Behavioral Healthcare, Durham
  • Crisis Intervention Team, Durham
  • Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center
  • Durham County Sheriff's Office

Noninvasive Nueuromodulation for Addiction

  • Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System
  • Veterans Affairs Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center, Durham

Policy Strategies for Child Maltreatment Prevention in North Carolina

  • Local and state policymakers

Promoting Female Sexual Well-Being Through Research and Education

  • Duke Cancer Institute

Promoting Racial Equity in Durham Through Debt Relief

  • City of Durham
  • Durham County Department of Social Services

Quantifying Wetland Carbon Emissions in the Southeastern United States

  • USDA Forest Service – Eastern Forest Environmental Threat Assessment Center

Racial Disparities in Emergency Department Return After Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Duke University Health System

Spine Surgery Patient Navigators

  • Duke University Health System

State of the South: Advancing Equity Through Participatory Data

  • MDC, Durham

Strengthening Cross-Partisan Collaboration in North Carolina Policymaking

  • John William Pope Foundation, Raleigh
  • North Carolina Leadership Forum at Duke

Strengthening Partnerships Between Durham Schools and Local Universities

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

Tracing the Roots of Nutrition Access, Implementation and Policy

  • El Centro Hispano, Durham
  • End Hunger Durham
  • Durham County Food Security Task Force
  • Farmer Foodshare, Durham
  • Iglesia Presbiteriana Emanuel, Durham
  • Lincoln Community Health Center, Durham
  • PORCH-Durham
  • Root Causes, Durham

Trauma-Informed Courts: A Public Health Approach to Juvenile Justice

  • North Carolina Administrative Office of the Courts
  • North Carolina Chief Justice’s Task Force on ACEs-Informed Courts (Adverse Childhood Experiences)