Eastern Michigan University strives to be a leader in health research in the state of Michigan. Thanks to a federal grant, Dr. Tsu-Yin Wu, a nursing professor from EMU's College of Health and Human Services, will be able to take such research to new levels, especially for Michigan's Asian-American community. Dr. Wu talks about her plans for this federal grant with WEMU's Patrick Campion in this week's "Focus on EMU."
About EMU Receiving the CDC-REACH Award
Dr. Wu, a professor of nursing in Eastern’s College of Health and Human Services, will serve as principal investigator on a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and lead a team of co-investigators, including EMU faculty from Dietetics and Nutrition and Geography and Geology.
The award totals $593,306 per year for five years and is the only grant of its kind awarded this year to a university in Michigan. CDC has committed funds for year one, with subsequent years of funding based on EMU’s progress towards project goals.
The CDC notification letter noted the competitive nature of the process while welcoming Eastern to the broad national effort.
"Congratulations on being successfully funded to help CDC continue the important work of (its) Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH), and to work to improve the health of the communities you’ve chosen to serve as a part of this funding opportunity,” the letter reads in part. “We are very pleased to welcome you to the REACH family! It was a highly competitive application process, and unfortunately we were only able to fund a small percentage of the many qualified applicants."
Eastern Michigan is one of 31 national recipients the CDC REACH program is funding this year in its continuing goal of reducing health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest burden of chronic disease such as hypertension, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
The EMU REACH team will develop, implement, and evaluate culturally tailored interventions to address preventable risk behaviors such as tobacco use, poor nutrition, and physical inactivity among Asian Americans who were affected with heightened risks for diabetes and other chronic conditions.
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