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
image courtesy

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.

Social distancing during the COVID-19 Outbreak? Check out this list.

There are so many great articles, posts, and more about resources people can access while at home during the coronavirus pandemic. We’ve aggregated just a few of  here to help you adjust to social distancing.

Facts about the coronavirus (COVID-19)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is a go-to source for reliable information on the virus, including tips for preparing your home and protecting your family.

Food safety
From the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Online entertainment and education
From virtual museum tours to online dance parties to free university classes, the internet has lots of ways for us to stay connected while social distancing.

Free (virtual) fitness sessions
From Peloton, Orangetheory, CorePower Yoga, and more.

Mindfulness and Well-Being
Text- or email-based research studies from our team that guide you through resilience exercises in minutes a day.

For those in the Durham, NC area
Bookmark this website for the latest community resources.

How Machine Learning Can Improve Clinical Decision-Making

New research from a collaborative team of Duke investigators, including Duke School of Medicine, Duke Institute for Health Innovation, and the Duke Center for Healthcare Safety and Quality, looks at the ability of machine learning to identify mortality risk among hospitalized patients.

Why is this important? From the abstract:

The ability to accurately predict in-hospital mortality for patients at the time of admission could improve clinical and operational decision-making and outcomes. Few of the machine learning models that have been developed to predict in-hospital death are both broadly applicable to all adult patients across a health system and readily implementable.

The results from this paper are promising and suggest that the model developed could be used at a system-wide level.

Read the Paper in JAMA Open Network

Free Bite-Size Team Training

image of Dr. Rehder in Duke Children's Hospital

Dr. Kyle Rehder, Center Medical Director and pediatric intensivist, recently developed a new educational program for those interested in enhancing their teamwork skills.

The Bite-Size Team Training program is a way for learners to engage with critical teamwork skills even when time is limited. The videos, which are approximately 5 minutes long, walk through a key concept, tool, and implementation suggestion.  And the best news? They are free and publicly available.

Inside Duke Health article on Bite-Size Team Training (netID access)

Try the modules (free and publicly available)