CTSI Special Populations: CHDI-CTSI Child Health Equity Program

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Program Description

The goal of the CHDI-CTSI Child Health Equity program is to support research aimed at promoting health equity in the pediatric population, encourage and facilitate genuine partnership and collaboration with organizations within the larger Durham community and surrounding areas, and develop interventions and strategies to mitigate health disparities and improve child health equity.

Program Awardees

Four project teams were selected for funding ranging from $50,000-$300,000, including funding for community partners:


Project Title: El Faro: Addressing Mental Health Inequities among Latinx Children with ADHD in Durham
Investigators: John Mitchell, Naomi Davis, Rachel Dew, Julia Schecter
Community Partner: El Futuro
Goal: To close the gap in ADHD treatment inequities among Latinx families.


Project Title: Duke-Reinvestment Partners Healthy Homes Breathe Easy Community Collaborative
Investigators: Jason Lang, Kate Hoffman, Cindy Green, Zeni Scott, Nikki Koutlas
Community Partner: Reinvestment Partners 
Goal: To improve asthma outcomes in disadvantaged families struggling to limit in-home exposures for children with severe asthma.


Project Title: Bridging the Gap: Addressing social determinants of health to improve care delivery and outcomes following prenatal diagnosis of congenital heart disease
Investigators: McAllister Windom, Kevin Hill, Sharla Rent, Stephen Miller, Meredeth Sooy-Mossey, Lillian Kang Andrea Diaz Stransky, Christoph Hornik, Renee Leverty, Sarah Ellestad, Maria Small, Corenthian “Corey” Booker, Dylan Thibault, Riley Yang, Carla Dominguez Gonzales, Caitlin Georgas, Angela Osborne, Lydia Monk, Kayla Dickson, Demetris West, Stormi Covington, Liz Simpler
Community Partner: NC DHHS, the Heart 2 Heart Collaborative, and Postpartum Support International
Goal: To reduce race- and ethnicity-related disparities in health outcomes for children born with congenital heart disease in North Carolina.


Project Title: Sleep Regularity to Advance Youth Health Equity: Contextual Pathways and Community Voices
Investigators: Jessica Lunsford-Avery, Naomi Duke, Matthew Engelhard, Julia Schecter, Michelle White
Community Partner:  Durham Children’s Initiative and Durham Public Schools
Goal: To promote adolescent health equity by developing community- and family-informed interventions to enhance sleep regularity.