For over two decades, CMS has funded health equity research at minority serving institutions through the MRGP. In 2019, CMS awarded grants to:
The University of Houston will receive funding to develop a data-driven, personalized reminder system and establish mobile teleretinal screening facilities for Hispanic patients with diabetic eye disease (DED) in Harris County. Researchers will implement a geographic information system-based model to analyze the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of mobile screening services in the county, and find optimal geographic configuration and schedules of services.
The University of Miami will receive funding to build a multi-phase research, primary care and sustainable community engagement model focused on addressing systemic trauma in Black and Hispanic young men in Miami-Dade County. Investigators plan to train community health workers (CHW) to conduct a community-based survey on social determinants of health – particularly addressing physical assaults and abandonment, and other behavioral and mental health challenges.
Both grantees will evaluate critical public health issues through rigorous analysis and community engagement. This adds to the body of research that CMS is evaluating to identify opportunities to measure the impact of social determinants of health and to strengthen CMS policies and programs.