New Podcast Bound to Break Barriers in Health Care Research

New Podcast Bound to Break Barriers in Health Care Research

Made possible by a $20,000 Faculty Seed Grant from the Duke Office of Faculty Advancement, the podcast features health experts and researchers within the Duke Community and across the field of nursing.

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Stephanie Ibemere, assistant professor, Yazmin Spearman, research assistant, Allison Lewinski and Hanzhang Xu, assistant professors, and Christin Daniels, assistant dean, research development, (from left) help produce the CNR's new podcast.
The “Breaking Research Barriers" podcast is designed to advance health equity at each stage of research.

The Duke University School of Nursing Center for Nursing Research is releasing the School's first podcast, “Breaking Research Barriers.” This innovative podcast is designed to advance health equity at each stage of research and through the implementation and translation of science into practice and health care delivery. The first episode, featuring Shannon Zenk, director of the National Institute of Nursing Research, was released March 14, along with three additional episodes. 

Made possible by a $20,000 Faculty Seed Grant from the Duke Office of Faculty Advancement, the podcast features health experts and researchers within the Duke Community and across the field of nursing, including peers from the National Institutes of Health and schools of nursing around the world. These featured guests will share their thoughts about racial and social justice ideas and practices. An additional seven episodes are scheduled for release over the summer of 2022. 

“2020 marked a tipping point that inspired and compelled institutions all over the world to be more intentional and make truly meaningful changes to address systemic racism and inequity,” said Christin Daniels, assistant dean, research development. “Our podcast team has had longstanding commitments to equity in the conduct of research, but now we’re on a journey to find innovative ways that we can be more intentional in this work and see how research practices ultimately inform equity in health outcomes,” said John Myers, faculty.  

"we’re honored to partner with leading health experts who share this commitment and want to be a part of making meaningful change."

Christin Daniels

Assistant Dean, Research Development

Podcast episodes last 35 to 60 minutes and address topics such as: closing the health equity gap, cultural intelligence, colorblind racism and white hegemony, data equity, causes of health inequities, partnering with stakeholders, inclusion in research, community partnerships and more.  

“Quoting from a recent opinion piece titled ‘Tackling systemic racism requires the system of science to change’ in Nature, racism in science has persisted because the systems that produce and teach scientific knowledge have, for centuries, misrepresented, marginalized and mistreated people of color and under-represented communities,” said Myers. “Achieving health equity has long been a core value at Duke School of Nursing, and we’re honored to partner with leading health experts who share this commitment and want to be a part of making meaningful change," said Daniels. 

The podcast is produced by co-PIs John Myers, PhD, MSPH, and Christin Daniels, MA, assistant dean, research development, in partnership with co-investigators Allison Lewinski, PhD, MPH, RN, assistant professor, Hanzhang Xu, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Stephanie Ibemere, PhD, RN, assistant professor, Jessalyn Byrd, MEd, clinical research coordinator, and Yazmin Spearman, research assistant and MDiv candidate.   

The podcast is now available on the Breaking Research Barriers website. Listeners can find the podcast on Spotify and most podcast streaming services.  

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