Coalition receives $4.1M to fight COVID-19

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The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently awarded a coalition of 11 Californian academic institutions and their community partners a $4.1 million grant to address COVID-19 in areas disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

The coalition, the COVID-19 California Alliance, or STOP COVID-19 CA, is part of the NIH’s broader Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities.

Black, Latino, and Indigenous populations account for more than half of all reported COVID-19 cases in the United States.

“In the early stages of the pandemic, we saw the disproportionate impact that COVID-19 was having on Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities and other minority groups,” Dr. Carrie L. Byington, infectious disease expert and executive vice president of the University of California Health, said. “We expanded outreach, testing, and care to support these communities quickly.”

STOP COVID-19 CA is aligned with translational science centers on eight of the coalition’s campuses funded by NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards, and three campuses are funded through the NIH Resource Centers in Minority Institutions program.

The centers will provide access to research resources. Each STOP COVID-19 CA site will leverage its partnership networks and insights to address local problems.

The grant began on Sept. 9 and will run for one year.

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