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Melissa Cervantes and Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute

May 24, 2017

Read about how Melissa Cervantes, a student at Holy Names High School, embraced her first mentored, hands-on clinical research experience at the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, ultimately presenting her work at a national conference and increasing her exposure to career possibilities in the biomedical sciences.

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Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Read about Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation’s work to improve the lives of youth on South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Indian Reservation through a wraparound system of support.

The Cedar Cultural Center

Friday, July 15, 2016

The Cedar Cultural Center, nestled in Minneapolis’ “Little Mogadishu,” received Building Bridges Program support for “Midnimo” to unite Somali musicians and Augsburg College jazz bands—and ultimately the community at large.

Tanzania PHIT Partnership: The Connect Project

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Key stakeholders in Tanzanian health received support from DDCF's African Health Initiative to launch the Connect Project, a trial finding that community health workers can play a significant role in improving maternal and child health and, ultimately, strengthening the national health system.

Childsplay and Zarco Guerrero

Friday, September 4, 2015

Arizona-based theatre company Childsplay and artist Zarco Guerrero—recipients of a Doris Duke Building Demand for the Arts grant—talk about their partnership and how conversations with local Latino families led to the enormously successful El Puente Festival.

Dr. Elizabeth Speliotes

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Elizabeth Speliotes, M.D., Ph.D., recipient of a 2012 Clinical Scientist Development Award, discusses her research on the genetic underpinnings of obesity and related diseases, as well as the rewards and challenges of being a physician scientist today. 

Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University

Monday, April 27, 2015

Since 2006, the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University has worked to improve the lives of young children facing adversity by leading a movement that uses science-based innovation to inform effective change in policy and practice on child well-being. One of the center’s earliest priorities was a strong and comprehensive communications strategy, spurring the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s support for the center’s plan for the development and dissemination of knowledge to reach new audiences and link researchers, practitioners and policymakers to achieve breakthrough outcomes for children.

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Rwanda Population Health Implementation & Training Partnership

Thursday, December 18, 2014

More than 20 years after Rwanda's genocide, a powerful project called the Rwanda Population Health Implementation and Training (PHIT) Partnership is making great strides in helping to rehabilitate and improve the nation's health system. The project, which was formed in 2009 with funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative, builds upon an existing partnership that began in 2005 during an effort to strengthen health systems in two of Rwanda’s most impoverished districts.

Ghana Essential Health Intervention Project

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Lasting, significant progress is often an elusive goal for health initiatives in developing countries around the world. But, through a focus on heath care at the community level, the Ghana Essential Health Intervention Project (GEHIP) is well on its way to strengthening health systems in three districts of Ghana's Upper East Region in enduring ways. Read about the project, which is supported by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s African Health Initiative.

Community Solutions Inc.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Few would dispute that Brownsville, Brooklyn has more than its fair share of challenges. Yet, Community Solutions Inc., a nonprofit organization taking a place-based, community-driven approach to its work, sees an opportunity to help empower the neighborhood to improve the lives of its families and children.  Read about Community Solutions' “Improving Child Well-being through Mobilizing Community Assets” project, which is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Child Well-being Program. 

Young Jean Lee

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Doris Duke was both a patron of and participant in the performing arts, and her love for jazz, contemporary dance and theatre is at the heart of the Arts Program’s ongoing work. Hear Young Jean Lee, a playwright and a Doris Duke Artist, talk about her career, her challenges and how she expects the Doris Duke Artist Award to affect both.

Wildlife Conservation Society

Friday, October 12, 2012

Doris Duke was a lifelong environmentalist, and her passion for wildlife continues to inspire the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation's strategic support. Hear Darren Long of the Wildlife Conservation Society, a grantee of DDCF's Environment Program, talk about his organization's Climate Adaptation Fund and how it is helping improve the field's approach to habitat conservation. 

Arts Midwest's Caravanserai

Friday, September 28, 2012

Doris Duke foresaw the power of the arts to build bridges between cultures. Hear David Fraher, Executive Director of Building Bridges Program grantee Arts Midwest, and Arooj Aftab, a performer in the organization’s Caravanserai tour, talk about the tour and its impact on communities across the United States.

Dr. Christopher Bruer

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Some of the most exciting medical research being done today can be traced back to the generosity of a woman born 100 years ago. Hear Dr. Christopher Breuer, Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics at Yale School of Medicine, talk about his innovative tissue engineering work, which was funded by his Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award.