GHP Fellow and Mentor Receive REACH Equity Center Scholars Award

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Dr. Colin Smith, 5th year Medicine-Psychiatry and GHP resident, along with his mentors Dr. Nathan Thielman, Director of the Global Health Pathway for Residents and Fellows, and Dr. Jane Gagliardi, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, are part of the team who were recently awarded the REACH Equity Center's Research, Education and Training grant. These awards, funded by the Duke Center for REsearch to AdvanCe Healthcare Equity (REACH), are intended to support early stage investigators who are especially interested in conducting health disparities research.  Other members of this research team include Dr. Lori-Ann Daley and Dr. Lynette Staplefoote Boynton. Data shows that racial disparities exist in emergency psychiatric care settings and Black individuals are overrepresented in these settings. Black individuals are over diagnosed with psychotic disorders and are more…
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GHP’s Colin Smith on COVID-induced Psychosis

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Colin Smith, a 5th year Medicine and Psychiatry and Global Health Pathway resident, was quoted in a USA Today story on the phenomenon of COVID-induced psychosis.  Colin's case report published in the BMJ on this topic is available here. Colin is a Lieutenant Commander in the United States Public Health Service and has been interviewed for his work surrounding mental health and COVID-19 by WUNC.  He is also the recipient of Duke's James H. Carter, Sr. Community Service Award in February 2021 for his work with mental health and homelessness at Durham's Lincoln Community Health Center, his efforts to set up and work in a COVID-19 field hospital and for volunteering with COVID-19 screenings for those facing homelessness in Durham. [caption id="attachment_301" align="alignnone" width="291"] Colin Smith, MD[/caption]
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Partnerships Aid Researchers in Nepal

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By Tony Pham, Global Health Pathway, Med/Psych, Nepal Seven months into my research year, high within the far-western regions of Nepal, and during a COVID-19 peak of which I had been blissfully unaware, a local community member and friend broke the inconvenient news—people were talking and everyone agreed I brought COVID-19 to their village. My research colleague and I hadn’t exhibited symptoms, but we could take a hint, and began the demoralizing descent back to the previous village, where they met us outside the border and encouraged us to continue our journey. Eventually, we found cellular coverage and, with it, new orders from our university, “return back immediately!” With a complete lock-down on our hands, we turned to our partners TPO Nepal, Duke, our Fogarty grant funders, and old familiar…
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