Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change

To seek and evaluate promising interventions in health care settings to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, with an increased focus on disseminating results from the first rounds of grants and sharing lessons learned with the communities working under the Aligning Forces for Quality initiative.


University of Chicago, The Pritzker School of Medicine

924 East 57th Street, Suite 104
Chicago, IL, 60637-1455


Marshall H. Chin
Program Director


Scott C. Cook
Deputy Director


Kevin Lamarr James
Deputy Director


Kevin W. McCullough
Communications Officer


Promising Practices from Finding Answers

Addressing Disparities in Diabetes, Heart Disease and Depression Care

Two promising practices from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-supported Finding Answers: Disparities Research for Change program offer overviews and lessons learned from projects focused on reducing racial and ethnic disparities in care among low-income, ethnic minority patients.

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Redesigning Diabetes Care

In eastern North Carolina, researchers with Vidant Health and the East Carolina University Department of Family Medicine used a “circuit-rider” approach to send certified diabetes educators to rural clinics to become part of primary care office visits for patients with type 2 diabetes.

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Cardiovascular Risk Management System

In Durham, North Carolina, nurses from Duke University Medical Center called patients each month for a year to discuss the patients’ cardiovascular disease risk management and followed up with patients’ primary care providers at regular intervals.

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Beyond Access: Providing High Quality Care for All

Many hospitals and health care providers assume that every patient who walks through their doors receives the same quality of care. But the reality couldn't be more different. In Finding Answers, Denver Health knew it had a problem effectively providing mental health services to minority patients. So, a team led by David Brody, MD, is pairing patients with bilingual therapists for culturally sensitive telephone counseling.

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A Month of Tweets

In January 2013 @FndgAnswers hosted "A Month of Tweets" to amplify the national discussion on finding solutions to health care disparities. They started the month with a newly created Twitter presence and a string of varied topics to get the conversation flowing. Throughout the campaign, Finding Answers shared tips, tools, and updates on Twitter about the latest developments in disparities research, ACA implementation as it relates to disparities, and easy-to-adapt intervention models.

Learn how the campaign unfolded in this Storify recap.

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