CMS has funded health equity research at minority-serving institutions through the MRGP for two decades. We recently announced our 2021 grantees, who will examine critical public health disparities and increase health equity research capacities at minority-serving institutions.
CMS OMH is proud to award three recipients and expand our commitment to advancing health equity among the populations represented in CMS programs:
Meharry Medical College will receive funding to increase the health disparities research capacity at minority-serving institutions by establishing an online, data science-based certificate program to equip minority health researchers with the expertise and skills needed to conduct impactful research. This will strengthen the pipeline of minority health researchers equipped to use CMS data to provide insights that will ultimately improve healthcare quality access and outcomes within CMS programs.
Florida A&M University (FAMU) on behalf of the FAMU Board of Trustees will receive funding to examine maternal health, including prenatal and pregnancy outcomes, for women who received services across three Medicaid programs. The study will assess whether the current services and benefits provided by these Medicaid programs sufficiently address factors that contribute to disparities or improvements in maternal health.
The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents will receive funding to use novel computational and clinical strategies, including a deep learning-based risk score model and its clinical assessment, to identify ethnic-specific opioid overdose risk factors. The goal of the project is to reduce avoidable opioid-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits among ethnic minorities.