Morehouse School of Medicine is getting a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to fight COVID-19 in racially diverse, rural, and socially vulnerable communities. The HHS has announced they’re awarding $40-million to the Atlanta medical school and will be partnering with them on a three-year-project that will work to deliver education and information on resources to help fight the pandemic in these areas. The grant is believed to be the largest, single federal contribution in the medical school’s history.
Morehouse is already doing research on coronavirus and its impact on black and socially vulnerable communities. Last week, the CDC Foundation, an independent nonprofit, announced a joint effort with the medical school to provide real time data on the health equity implications of the pandemic.
U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams explains, “This initiative has at its core the community-based organizations who know their people best and who are committed to working collaboratively to reduce health-inequities and make them healthy and safe.”