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Among the grants to Arnold School faculty:

$6.7 million, Health Disparities: This grant to Dr. Saundra Glover from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will support an established research program in minority health disparities. It will fund a Center of Excellence in the Social Promotion of Health Equity Research, Education and Community Engagement (CCE-SPHERE) and will continue the Arnold School’s partnership for education and research with Claflin University.

Two additional grants totaling $349,000 will support minority health disparities in women. Drs. Jihong Liu and Sara Wilcox have received $181,000 from NIH for a study on healthy weight for pregnant African-American women. A grant of $168,000 to Dr. Myriam Torres from the Centers for Disease Control will support HIV/AIDS prevention among Latinas. These awards build on strong research programs throughout the Arnold School for women’s health.

$4.3 million, Cancer Disparities: The National Cancer Institute grant to Dr. James Hébert will continue support for the S.C. Cancer Disparities Network. The award will build upon the network’s many successes in cancer-disparities research, intervention and outreach programs, which are aimed at reducing cancer rates among African Americans in South Carolina.

$3.25 million, S.C. Public Health Workforce: The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant to Drs. Greg Hand and Lillian Smith will establish the S.C. Public Health Training Center, which will develop infrastructure for public-health workforce development and ensure equal access to training resources for rural, underserved populations.

$2.9 million, Lung Health: Dr. Erik Svendsen will lead an NIH study on the lung health of millworkers and community members who were affected by the chlorine-gas tragedy in Graniteville in 2005. The research will add to the work that Svendsen and others have been doing in Graniteville since the accident.

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Top Arnold School grants

  • $6.7 million, Health Disparities: To Dr. Saundra Glover from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $4.3 million, Cancer Disparities: To Dr. James Hébert from National Cancer Institute
  • $3.25 million, S.C. Public Health Workforce: To Drs. Greg Hand and Lillian Smith from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • $2.9 million, Lung Health: To Dr. Erik Svendsen from NIH
  • $1.4 million, Childhood Obesity: To Dr. Russ Pate from NIH
  • $1 million, Latinos’ Health: To Deborah Billings and Julie Smithwick-Leone from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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