The Office of Community Relations (OCR) was formed in April 2002 to establish and develop relations between Duke University Health System and the communities we serve. We develop and sustain collaborative relationships with local and state government as well as members of our community we serve. OCR staff serve on a variety of boards and committees and participate in key initiatives. For a partial list, see: Partnerships
Since our founding, the City and County of Durham have experienced significant population growth, impacting the local economy and increasing the need for viable health care services. Durham' s population of 260,000 residents (projected to reach 331,275 by 2030) is continually diversifying with growing Latino (12.4%), African-American (40.2%), and Asian (4.5%) populations.*
The 2014-15 U.S. News & World Report rankings placed Duke University Medical Center among its honor roll of top hospitals in the nation. Duke is the largest employer in Durham County and the second largest private employer in Durham County. For more facts and statistics, see: Facts and Statistics
By fostering community partnerships, OCR helps create awareness of Durham as a better place to live, and Duke as a quality employer and facility for outstanding heath care. The OCR encourages Duke employees to participate in activities at local schools, social and civic organizations, and other community events where appropriate to establish goodwill among Duke Health and the people we serve.