Patient Advisor Shares Her Story

Katrina Cooke, co-chair of the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) Oncology Patient and Family Advisory Council, recently shared her inspirational story about how she turned a diagnosis  of metastatic breast cancer into an opportunity to be a role model and source of support for others.

Read how Katrina gives back to the community in countless ways all while continuing to undergo a cutting-edge treatment plan at Duke Cancer Institute.

“In partnership with DCI senior leadership, we make sure that we’re working on initiatives that will help improve patient experience at DCI. It could be as simple as the language in forms or brochures to patient messaging with COVID-19 and cancer. I love the passion in the group and I enjoy giving back whenever I possibly can.” – Katrina Cooke

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Learn more about the Patient and Family Advisory Councils

COVID-19 Resource Guide for Parents and Families


In partnership with the Duke Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, the Duke Child and Family Study Center, and Duke Human Resources, we have created a toolkit full of resources for parents and families dealing with COVID-19. The resource guide contains tips on talking to your kids about COVID-19,  activities for families, coping strategies, and local childcare opportunities.

The updated toolkit (originally released April 2020, revised August 2020) reflects the changing demands on parents and families as we all continue to cope with and adapt to the challenges of the pandemic.

View the Guide Here

Publicly Available Well-Being Resources

Over the past few months, the Center and our Duke partners have created and compiled a variety of wellness and well-being resources. Many of the resources are available to anyone, including:

Bite-Sized Resilience
Short (~3 minute) videos with Center Director Dr. Bryan Sexton, who gives a foundational tour of key well-being strategies.

Over 50 meditations led by well-being experts from the Center, Duke Health & Well-Being, and more.

Parent and Family Resource Guide
Toolkit for coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, curated by Duke Psychiatry, Duke Human Resources, and the Center team.

Happiness Strategies
Quick list of simple ideas for boosting your mood and well-being.

Bite-Sized Team Training
Communication and teamwork are core elements of a thriving group. Medical Director Dr. Kyle Rehder teaches the fundamentals in these brief videos.

Resilience Tools
Text- or email-based tools that guide you through resilience exercises in just a few minutes a day. Note: these tools are part of ethics board-approved research studies.

Additional Resources


Center Shares Well-Being Tips with Working@Duke

The Center has been collaborating with Working@Duke and Duke Today, two of the university’s media outlets, on several stories focused on well-being. See a few here:

Earlier Articles

Now available: Center Annual Report

The Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality is pleased to share its fiscal year 2020 report. The document is a review of the center’s achievements over the period July 2019 through June 2020, the status of its many programs, and its future directions.

This report is also a reflection of the work of our countless stakeholders, partners, and honorary team members. From Human Resources to Performance Services, from Healthy Duke to the Patient Safety Officers, we cannot express our gratitude enough for the support, collaboration, and camaraderie each of these amazing teams have given us. Thank you and we look forward to many more projects together.

The report begins with an Executive Summary, followed by a series of one-page reviews of the center’s various facets of work. If you see a program or body of work that you would like to learn more about, please do not hesitate to email the team.

Read the Annual Report

Food is Love

Local radio station Mix 101.5FM, Duke Children’s, and members of the Center teamed up to deliver meals to healthcare workers through the “30 Say Thank You” campaign. Learn more and see a video about this heartwarming story here.

Special thank you to Carolina Ale House for their partnership on this project and our local community for their overwhelming generosity .

Center highlighted in Working@Duke

Working@Duke, the university’s employee magazine, published an article highlighting the work of the Center. The article highlights the group’s work in healthcare quality and safety as well as its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We never thought something like COVID-19 could happen. But, it became apparent to us quickly that we were ready.”
– Dr. Bryan Sexton, Center Director

Read the full article here.


Supporting Healthcare Workers

message of thanks written in chalk on sidewalk
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As a show of appreciation for their extraordinary efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic, many businesses and organizations are offering their support to healthcare workers and first responders. Here, we will keep a running list of any promotions or initiatives we learn about, including Special Hotel Rates, Community Partners, and Organizations/Non-Profits, and Discounts. 

Need more information about food donations? Contact Nicole Peloquin in the Duke Development Office.

Special Hotel Rates

Local hotels are offering deeply discounted rates for healthcare workers who need to self-isolate after caring for COVID patients. Find a full list of discounts available to Duke Health staff here.

Community Partners

The following business are running special promotions and/or accepting donations that benefit Duke Health team members.

Cocoa Cinnamon
Accepting donations through the Health Care Personnel Contribution Program. Donations will be used to purchase coffee and baked goods for healthcare workers.

Durham Catering
Donate to help provide weekly meals to frontline healthcare workers in our community.

Enzo’s Pizzeria
You can donate pizza to Duke Health team members through the #pizza4providers campaign.

25% off of take-out orders for first responders and healthcare workers, curbside pickup available. Call to place order.

Makus Empanadas
Buy a dozen empanadas, get a dozen to donate for free.

Pizza + Paletas
The Durham Bulls and US Foods have partnered with Locopops and Pie Pushers to donate food to healthcare workers.

Thrive Kitchen & Catering
This restaurant is using both donations and money made from deliveries to give free meals to healthcare workers. Contact to make a donation.

Organizations, Non-Profits, and Fundraisers

The following organizations are also coordinating donations to support healthcare workers.

Duke Health COVID-19 Response Fund
Support Duke Health by donating to the Greatest Need fund, the Care Support fund, or the Research Support fund.

North Carolina Healthcare Foundation
The Feeding the Soul: COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Response Fund is partnering with local restaurants to prepare food for frontline healthcare workers.


30% off for verified medical professionals, first responders, nurses and military members.

Buy a pair of shoes using the “healthcare bundle” option, and Allbirds will give a second pair of shoes to someone in the healthcare community.

Healthcare workers and first responders can get a 10 cents off per gallon discount for 60 days after they join BPme Rewards.

Special hotel rates for caregivers helping out the community.

20% off for medical professionals and first responders.

The North Face
10% off your first purchase for healthcare workers.

Page Point Animal Hospital and Pet Resort (Durham, NC)
Offering special discounts for healthcare workers. See flyer.

20% off one pair of shoes for healthcare workers, teachers, and first responders.

Tortuga Backpacks
20% off online orders for first responders.

Under Armour
10% off for active duty service members, veterans, first
responders, police, fire, healthcare workers, and teachers site-wide.

Undergrads Moving
25% off moving services for healthcare workers.
Enter code HEALTH25 to receive 25% off your first move.

Vineyard Vines
15% off in-store and online for healthcare workers.

Zenni Optical
10% off for first responders, military, and medical/nurse personnel.


Page last updated 5/14/2021.