Public Health, Public Health - Health Services Research
Dr. Obidiugwu Duru is an internal medicine physician with post-graduate fellowship training in health services research. He is well positioned to contribute to the Community Engagement and Research Core and the Health Services subgroup as he has extensive experience conducting and publishing research on diabetes, obesity, HIV/AIDS, and renal disease using secondary databases and community partnered methods. He has produced several first-authored papers examining factors associated with the quality of care for diabetes patients in managed care. He is also leading a new project to evaluate the impact and cost-effectiveness of a value-based health benefit design providing free and discounted services to pre-diabetic patients, with the goal of preventing progression to diabetes. Finally, he has experience in the area of designing and evaluating behavioral interventions, as he recently designed and implemented a community-based randomized controlled trial to increase physical activity among African American women. In summary, his interest and experience in this content area, and his demonstrated record of first-author publications have prepared him to contribute substantially to the proposed project.