Office of Community Relations:  Vision

The Office of Community Relations will encourage the Durham community to engage the vast resources available through the health system, while simultaneously encouraging Duke Medicine employees to participate in their communities. 
If the Office of Community Relations can capture a small dose of the commitment and energy that pervade Duke Medicine on a daily basis, then share that spirit with the community, it will have achieved something important.  This is no small task, but it’s one worth pursuing with real purpose.

The Duke Medicine Mission

As a world-class academic and health care system, Duke Medicine strives to transform medicine and health locally and globally through innovative scientific research, rapid translation of breakthrough discoveries, educating future clinical and scientific leaders, advocating and practicing evidence-based medicine to improve community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities.


The Duke Medicine Vision

Duke Medicine seeks to transform health care, teaching, and research to benefit society. We believe we can accomplish this vision by:
  • Making important advances in biomedical science and fundamental research
  • Fostering a multidisciplinary environment in the lab and clinic that unites our efforts to prevent illness, treat disease, and care for our patients
  • Translating discoveries into clinical practice
  • Designing clinical interventions and measuring their effectiveness
  • Creating innovative approaches to health and wellness
  • Addressing health disparities in our community and around the world
  • Sharing our vision and advances globally through wide-reaching programs and collaborations
  • Training the scientists, clinical professionals, administrators, and community advocates who will lead this work in the future
  • Investing in technologies, tools, infrastructure, and people -- the foundations of success





















April  2012
Connecting Communities Newsletter - Spring 2012
The Spring 2012 edition of the Office of Community Relations e-newsletter Connecting Communities is now available.
Read your copy by clicking the link below.
Connecting Communities
The first edition of the Office of Community Relations e-newsletter Connecting Communities has hit the virtual world, and we have been receiving wonderful feedback.   Read your copy by clicking the button below. (You might see someone you know.)


March 2011
The Women of Color & HIV: 4th Annual Community Forum is happening on March 4.  Learn more and register here.
February 2011
Dr. Cheryl HicksScene from Celebrate Black History Month with a series of events being held at North Carolina Central University, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Ruined” and keynote speaker Dr. Cheryl Hicks.   Learn more here.
The Duke Heart Center will be hosting Your Heart, Your Health: A Red Dress Celebration on February 26th at the Brier Creek Country Club.  Regsiter to attend.
January 2011
Join us for an inspiring selection of events commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For a complete listing of Duke and Duke Medicine related events, read more here.
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, Duke's wellness plan Live for Life is sponsoring Feel Like a Million, a 12-week exercise program for faculty and staff.  The program begins January 10th, but you can register now.
Dr. Victor Dzau, chancellor for health affairs at Duke University and president and CEO of Duke University Health System, was the recipient of the 2010 AHA Research Achievement Award for work that advanced the field of cardiovascular research. 
Read more about his achievements in the Herald Sun article or at
Beam Signing and Topping Out Ceremony
for the new Duke Medicine Cancer Center
was held Thursday, November 4, 2010
MaryAnn Black helps break new ground.
The City of Medicine Academy groundbreaking ceremony was held August 24th.  City of Medicine Academy
MaryAnn Black helps break new ground along
with the President of Durham Regional,
Superintendent of Durham Public Schools, and many others.
Bull City ConnectorThe Office of Community Relations was pleased to participate in the launch festivities announcing the commencement of the Bull City Connector on August 16th. 
The Bull City Connector  is a  fare-free, hybrid-electric bus service that connects downtown Durham with the Duke University campus and medical facilities.  Schedule and further details.
Herald Sun Photo of Dream Series EventAs part of an ongoing "dream" series, artist Eleatta Diver painted MaryAnn Black's dream for Durham. 
Ms. Black, the Associate Vice President of the Office of Community Relations, unveiled her dream on May 21st. 
Photo from the Herald Sun.
Catch the series at Golden Belt as part of the Third Friday events. 

For other upcoming events, check our Events page or on our Facebook page.


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