For over two decades, CMS has funded health equity research at minority serving institutions through the MRGP. In 2018, CMS awarded grants to:
The University of Puerto Rico received funding to test interventions to reduce prenatal stress for women in Puerto Rico in the wake of Hurricane Maria. They hope to explore mechanisms of decreasing pre-term births through evaluating the mental health impacts of receiving prenatal care.
The University of Houston, a Hispanic-Serving university, received funding to address diabetes, hypertension and obesity rates in Latinos through a study using Spanish-language photo comics, or fotonovelas. They will create an electronic fotonovela that will support post-hospitalization symptom management for Hispanic populations.
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 disparities and to strengthen CMS policies and programs.