Former CCHE Director Awarded $1.8 million grant for COVID-19 testing study

Congratulations to former CCHE Director Alexandra Adams on her recent Center award at Montana State University (MSU)!

The Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity, or CAIRHE, at Montana State has been awarded a two-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to examine COVID-19 testing strategies among underserved populations in Montana and Washington.

The grant of $1,797,140 to CAIRHE is part of the NIH’s $1.4 billion Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative, or RADx, created in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic to address the need for scaled-up testing across the country. A component targeting underserved populations known as RADx-UP funds community-engaged projects, including CAIRHE’s, that partner with vulnerable communities hardest hit by the pandemic.

CAIRHE and MSU will lead the study, partnering with the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and Institute of Translational Health Sciences (ITHS); the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle; and Salish Kootenai College and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes on the Flathead Reservation in Montana. A local community advisory board will be involved in all stages of the research in each study location.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to decrease the devastating impact of COVID-19 in these vulnerable rural areas,” Adams said.

Read more via MSU News here.

Check out CAIRHE’s full Fall 2020 Newsletter: CAIRHE-Newsletter-Fall-2020 (PDF)