Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

The Duke Division of Community Health brings communities together to combat chronic disease through multiple interlocking strategies among health, social service, education, and faith partners.

Current Projects

Durham KnowsDurham Knows Campaign

Durham Knows is a public health campaign promoting the idea that everyone in Durham should know their HIV status by testing with their medical providers or through community testing. The campaign also focuses on educating the community and provider about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, a daily medication regimen to help prevent the spread of HIV.

Durham Knows is a joint project of the HIV/STI committee of the Partnership for a Healthy Durham, the Durham County Department of Public Health, and the Duke Division of Community Health.

Past Projects

Pathways in Caring

Pathways in Caring provides practical advice and guidance to caregivers to help them care for a loved one at home and to maintain their own health. While the program provides an immediate benefit for caregivers, it can also spark an interest in a career in health care. Contact the Division of Community Health for more information.

Amigas Latinas Motivando el ALMA

Amigas Latinas Motivando el ALMA is a peer education intervention that uses trained supervised Latinas as lay health advisors (promotoras). The promotoras offer coping skills, knowledge and support to Latinas in homes and neighborhoods. Peer-to-peer support offers a culturally competent and cost-effective way to reduce emotional stress among a vulnerable population of new Latina immigrants.

Durham Health Innovations

Durham Health Innovations (DHI) is a partnership between Duke Medicine and the Durham community that seeks to improve the health status of Durham County residents. Neighborhood-based approaches that engage and connect the community to local resources empower individuals to achieve and maintain their health.

Funding for the DHI planning projects came from an institutional commitment of $1 million from Duke University, support from the Clinical and Translational Science Awards, funded by the National Institutes of Health, and in-kind contributions from numerous community organizations.

Home Care Chronic Disease Prevention Training for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

Duke Division of Community Health provides an opportunity for CNA training operated in conjunction with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. The training program strengthens chronic disease care by building the knowledge skills CNAs', enabling them to contribute to patient care beyond performing tasks related to daily living. Home Care Chronic Disease Prevention Training, a self-based train-the-trainer course developed for Nurse Trainers can be accessed online at Greensboro AHEC.

Teaching Chronic Pain Care to Durham Children

The Teaching Chronic Pain Care to Durham Children program introduces students to the precursors of chronic disease and ways to manage chronic disease.  The project, funded by the McKesson Foundation, helps middle and high school students in the Durham Public School System understand the impact of chronic illness on their families, their communities, and themselves. Health education materials derived from this project are available via the Learning Together program.