Division of Family Medicine Receives $3,000 Duke GME Grant for LGBTQ+ Initiative

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Division of Family Medicine has been awarded $3,000 in funding from the 2017 Duke GME High Value Care Quality Improvement Competition for the project “Enhancing Primary Care Delivery to Sexual and Gender Minority Patients: Piloting EPIC EMR Upgrades and Health Risk Surveys.”

The project will be implemented by the Pickens LGBTQ+ Force, a multidisciplinary team that meets regularly to work on quality improvement strategies in the Duke Family Medicine Center, and led by second-year resident Jessica Lapinski, DO, with faculty support from Tiffany Covas, M.D., MPH. Other project participants include:

  • Joyce Copeland, M.D., associate professor
  • Sharon Hull, M.D., professor
  • Susan Kleckley, MSW, LCSW, clinical social worker
  • Sierra Margeson, RN, ACNI, ambulatory care nurse
  • Andrea Martin, director of communications
  • Susie Page, MSW, LCSW, clinical social worker
  • Lisa Ray, PA-C, physician assistant
  • John Ragsdale, M.D., associate profressor
  • Emma Terkuile, patient service associate
  • C. Brock Woodis, PharmD, adjunct assistant professor

The project will focus on two areas: integrating visual cues into the clinic to create a more inclusive environment for LGBTQ+ individuals, and piloting EPIC updates that incorporate sexual orientation and gender identity. The funding award is made possible by a grant from The Duke Endowment to support Duke house staff in high-value care learning and practice.

Duke Family Medicine Center is working to expand its clinical practice to include an LGBTQ+ Patient-Centered Medical Home, in coordination with key Duke University stakeholders and the local LGBTQ+ community. Duke Family Medicine Center is following a framework created by the National LGBT Health Education Center: “Building Patient-Centered Medical Homes for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Patients and Families.”