Health Disparities Research Works in Progress Seminars

Created by the Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity), the Health Disparities Research Works in Progress (RWIP) is a seminar series that occurs on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month from September 28, 2023 – June 13, 2024, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

These interactive seminars and workshops feature talks from junior and senior faculty investigators about current research and projects in development. The seminars include opportunities for questions and feedback from attendees. Please refer to the table below for information about presenters and topics.

The schedule will be updated as speakers are confirmed for the 2023-2024 Academic Year. Thank you! 

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Seminars are being offered on Zoom only until further notice. The Zoom link is provided to listserv subscribers through email updates. Please contact Tia Mitchell ( with questions.

Date Presenter Topic Location
Sept. 28, 2023

Raegan Durant, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine
Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Career Journeys for Health Equity Research Faculty: The Road(s) Not Taken

Oct. 12, 2023

Charmaine Royal, PhD
Robert O. Keohane Professor of African & African American Studies, Biology, Global Health, and Family Medicine & Community Health
Duke University

Race, Genetic Variation, and Health Zoom
Oct. 26, 2023

Isaretta Riley, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine
Duke University School of Medicine

CALM: Coping with Asthma Through Life Management Zoom
Nov. 9, 2023

Austin Wesevich, MD, MPH
Hematology/Oncology Fellow at the University of Chicago

Cost, Communication, and Clinician Bias as Barriers to Patient-Centered Care

Nov. 23, 2023 Cancelled Cancelled Zoom
Dec. 14, 2023

Melissa C. Kay PhD, MPH, MS, RD, CLC
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics Duke University School of Medicine

Reducing Disparities in Early Life Obesity Risk by Supporting the Mother-Infant Dyad

Dec. 28, 2023 Cancelled Cancelled Zoom
Jan. 11, 2024 Allison Taylor, MD, MS
Hematology Oncology Fellow
Duke University Department of Medicine

Exploring Outcomes to Reduce Disparities in Hematologic Malignancies

Jan. 25, 2024

Jay Lusk, MD, MBA
Duke University Department of Medicine

Population Data Science to Promote Health Equity in Dementia Care

Feb. 8, 2024

Nadine J. Barrett, PhD, MA, MS
Senior Associate Dean, Research Equity and Community Engagement
Professor of Public Health Sciences
Wake Forest School of Medicine

PROJECT ENTRUST: An Innovative Community Engagement Program to Assess and Enhance Trustworthiness in Duke's Health Care and Research

Feb. 22, 2024

Nosayaba (Nosa) Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, PhD, MPH, CHES
Associate Professor
Duke University School of Medicine Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences
Member, Duke Cancer Institute
Deputy Editor, JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery

Understanding and Mitigating Disparities in Head and Neck Cancer: A National Imperative

Mar. 14, 2024 Clarissa Diamantidis, MD
Professor of Medicine
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
TBD Zoom
Mar. 28, 2024

Leonor Corsino, MD, MHS
Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Duke School of Medicine 
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Nutrition 

TBD Zoom
Apr. 11, 2024

Dinushika Mohottige, MD
Assistant Professor (Nephrology, Internal Medicine)
Institute of Health Equity Research at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Apr. 25, 2024 TBD


May 9, 2024 TBD TBD Zoom
May 23, 2024 TBD TBD Zoom
June 13, 2024 TBD