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From left, Shirley James of the Minority AIDS Council of Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun counties; Saundra Glover of the Arnold School; Kim Creek of the S.C. College of Pharmacy at USC; and Dr. Rebecca Dillard of Claflin University.
From left, Shirley James of the Minority AIDS Council of Orangeburg, Bamberg, and Calhoun counties; Saundra Glover of the Arnold School; Kim Creek of the S.C. College of Pharmacy at USC; and Dr. Rebecca Dillard of Claflin University.

$6.7 million grant to boost health-disparities research

A $6.7 million grant to the University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health will support an established research program in health disparities.

The five-year award is from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health. It will fund a Center of Excellence in the Social Promotion of Health Equity Research, Education and Community Engagement (CCE-SPHERE) and will support the Arnold School’s partnership for education and research with Claflin University.

The award is the second major NIH grant to Dr. Saundra Glover, the Arnold School’s associate dean for health disparities and social justice, to fund research and education in health disparities. In 2005, she was awarded $7.5 million from NIH to establish the Institute for Partnerships to Elimination Health Disparities (IPEHD) and enhanced the Arnold School’s research program on health disparities.

“This grant will enable us to build on the five years of accomplishments that we had with our previous Center of Excellence,” said Glover, who is on the faculty in the Arnold School’s department of health services policy and management.

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