Penn Nursing-led Philly Team Awarded $1.4 Million NIH Grant to Expand COVID-19 Outreach


The National Institute of Health (NIH) recently awarded ten grants totaling $14 million dollars to research teams across the country. Through these grants, the National Institute of Health hopes to mitigate the disproportionate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on minority communities. Among the grant recipients is PISC Dean’s Advisory Board Member Antonia M. Villarruel, PhD, RN, who received a $1.4 million award to co-lead the Community Engagement Alliance against COVID-19 disparities. Villarruel and the team intend to “synergize efforts to address the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities.” Funding will go towards COVID-19 testing, vaccine uptake, and therapeutics. Using data from Philadelphia residents, epidemiologic data, and community feedback, the team will create programs based on community needs. Villarruel and her team plan to utilize the NIH funding in order to significantly strengthen the local response to COVID-19.


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