Joining Forces: How Advocates Can Lead Researchers Out of the Ivory Tower
Margolis Seminar in Health Policy & Management
- Donna Biederman, Associate Professor of Nursing
- Emily Carmody, NC Coalition to End Homelessness
- Mina R. Silberberg, Associate Professor in Community and Family Medicine
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health, is investing heavily in the development and support of leaders who can work across the campus-community divide to promote a national “culture of health.” This presentation will describe and seek audience feedback on the early efforts of a RWJF Interdisciplinary Research Leaders team of two Duke faculty and a homeless services advocate to strengthen the provision of tenancy support services (TSS) in North Carolina. TSS have been shown to help homeless and institutionalized individuals obtain and maintain housing, which in turn is associated with improved health. In addition to presenting the research and policy background on this issue, we will describe how partnership – in particular having an advocate as a co-leader -- has influenced our research design by grounding it in current policy debates, and enhances our engagement with key stakeholders.
This seminar is co-sponsored by the Duke Council on Race and Ethnicity (DCORE) and the Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy.