Winston-Salem State University’s School of Health Sciences (SOHS) has been awarded a $385,000 research grant to carry out a model diabetes prevention program for high-risk, low-income communities.
The long-term goal of the grant – through the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities –will be to create a first-of-its-kind network of healthcare intervention programs delivered through historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), says Dr. Melicia Whitt-Glover, who will serve as co-project investigator (PI) on the grant.
“HBCUs are typically located within communities that are at high risk for chronic disease,” Whitt-Glover says. “Through this grant, we will research how HBCU faculty and students can become partners to provide interventions to prevent and treat chronic diseases, such as diabetes, in the communities they serve.”
In the United States, studies show that 86 million adults have pre-diabetes and are at high risk for joining the 29.1 million Americans who already have type 2 diabetes.
Orginally published November 17, 2017.