The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) selected the 2020 grantees for the Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP). The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, 40 miles north west of Dallas, was awarded funding for its Minority Obesity Vanquished with Education (MOVE) in Head Start project. Texas Southern University in Houston was awarded funding for its project, Development of Predictive Model and Social Determinants-based Interventions for Aggressive Prostate Cancer Among African-American Men. The MRGP grantees research critical health issues that have been shown to have significant disparities among racial and ethnic, and rural populations. This research builds on CMS’s commitment to understanding social determinants of health and reducing health disparities by exploring innovative solutions to address them.
University of North Texas, Minority Obesity Vanquished with Education (MOVE) in Head Start
The University of North Texas will receive funding to develop and implement a health behavior change program to combat chronic conditions associated with obesity among children enrolled in a Head Start program. Project MOVE is designed to create a comprehensive and culturally and linguistically appropriate physical activity intervention that will be implemented with underserved preschoolers in Head Start. Head Start uses education, health, social and other services to improve school readiness of children under five from low-income families. The main goal of the program is to achieve health equity.
Texas Southern University, Development of Predictive Model and Social Determinants-based Interventions for Aggressive Prostate Cancer Among African American Men
Texas Southern University will receive funding to prevent aggressive prostate cancer (aPCa) among African-American men. The funding will be used to develop and test a predictive model, which includes data and interventions on social determinants of health (SDOH). The study will consider individual and community level factors such as culture, language, religious beliefs, social norms and attitudes, social interactions, poverty, and safety. Based on the findings from the model, researchers will use the community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to engage community partners to develop SDOH-based interventions that prevent aPCa among African-American men. CBPR supports collaborative interventions that involve scientific researchers and community members to address diseases and conditions disproportionately affecting health disparity populations.
For more than 20 years, the MRGP has supported researchers at minority-serving institutions. This is done through funding to explore and address health care disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations.
This was reported by CMS on October 20, 2020.
Contact information: Office of Communications, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, Maryland 21244; 202-690-6145; Fax: 202-260-1462; Email: HealthEquityTA@cms.hhs.gov; Website: go.cms.gov/minorityresearch
Contact Information: University of North Texas, 1155 Union Circle, #311277, Denton, Texas 76203-5017; 940-565-2000; Website: www.unt.edu
Contact Information: Texas Southern University, 3100 Cleburne Street, Houston, Texas 77004; 713-313-7011; Website: www.tsu.edu