Request for Applications- Duke Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Duke Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School, in partnership with Healthy Durham, is pleased to announce its second annual Request for Applications (RFA) for quality improvement projects that promote community-based improvements to health and healthcare.

Applications are open to faculty, staff and students of Duke University and Duke University Health System; projects may apply for up to $5000 in funding.

The application period opens March 1, 2019 and applications are due by 10:00 PM on Sunday, March 31, 2019. Submissions should be sent to

The mission of the Duke IHI open school is to promote community-based improvements to health and healthcare, and to cultivate a culture of safety, inquiry, and continuous improvement across Duke University Health System (DUHS).

Proposed projects should address important problems encountered by care providers, patients and their loved ones across DUHS. Last year’s awardees included “Leveling the Field: Engaging Community Persons in Duke Health Quality Improvement Initiatives” and “A Severe Hypertension Outreach Quality Improvement Initiative”. For this funding opportunity, priority will be given to problems and solutions that are aligned with the following thematic areas:

1) Access to Care: Projects that develop community-engaged strategies to make measurable improvements in access to medical care for uninsured and underinsured Durham residents

2) Communications: Projects that improve either internal communication between providers, or external communication with the community at large

3) Obesity and Chronic Illness: Projects that provide a community-based approach to address obesity, and associated chronic illnesses including diabetes

4) Novel patient interactions (engagement,education & experience): Projects that amplify the voices of patients, families and caregivers in extending care, education and engagement including digital technologies, mobile apps and novel EHR applications

5) Substance use and mental health: Projects that increase access to substance abuse and mental health services, especially those that address the opioid epidemic

6) HIV and STIs: Projects that increase access to HIV and other STI screening and treatment

Please see this RFA Announcement for additional details.