(WASHINGTON – October 9, 2020) – U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressmen Dutch Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes and Kweisi Mfume (all D-Md.) Wednesday announced $8,310,893 in federal funding for Johns Hopkins University (JHU) to research COVID-19 health disparities among underserved populations and minority communities.
“COVID-19 has exposed longstanding inequities in our health care system, making Black, Latino and Indigenous communities in Maryland and around the nation more likely to face higher rates of infection, hospitalizations and death,” said the lawmakers. “This federal funding will help Johns Hopkins University expand its efforts to increase COVID-19 testing and response efforts to meet the needs of these hardest-hit communities of color. Team Maryland will continue to secure federal resources to combat COVID-19 across the state and tackle
life-threatening racial and ethnic health disparities.”
The awards are distributed among the following JHU programs:
Funding comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) RADx Underserved Populations initiative, which aims to understand COVID-19 disparities among communities disproportionately affected by the disease. NIH has awarded nearly $234 million through this program to improve COVID-19 testing for underserved and vulnerable populations nationwide.