The University Record, November 8, 1999

Public Health, ISR awarded CDC funds

By Amy Reyes
News and Information Services

The School of Public Health and the Institute for Social Research (ISR) have been awarded research grants by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the first grants from a new CDC initiative to fund university-based research.

The initiative was created by a $15 million appropriation from Congress to fund research designed to address today’s most pressing public health issues. It is part of the CDC’s new strategy to strengthen and expand the nation’s public health research programs at universities.

The CDC has funded special types of projects at universities in the past, some of which included research, but the initiative itself is new and the U-M programs are among the first grantees to receive funds, CDC officials said, noting that schools of medicine and public health favored this sort of an initiative. Funding was awarded for 50 research projects at academic health centers, research centers and university-affiliated programs throughout the country.

The University has received $1.3 million in funding and has been promised another $3.5 million from the CDC’s Prevention Research Initiative and other CDC funds.

The U-M’s funded projects are:

  • Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center, Barbara Israel, professor of health behavior and health education: Israel’s project is a community-based research approach that will examine and address the social determinants of family and community health. $582,980 for the first year of the four-year project plus other CDC funds totaling $2 million.

  • Asthma Prevention and Intervention in Impoverished Children, Noreen M. Clark, deanof the School of Public Health. This is a project of the Prevention Research Center of Michigan. It is a community-based prevention research project focused on improving health in partnership with families and communities. $290,282 for the first year of this three-year project with $582,691 promised for the last two years of the project.

  • Center for Excellence in Health Statistics, James M. Lepkowski, senior research scientist, ISR, and associate professor of biostatistics in public health. The project will focus on improving the quality and accuracy of survey data. $450,225 for the first of three years with $914,376 anticipated for the final two years of the project.