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Xavier University Awarded Funds from CDC Foundation to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities in African Americans

Released: Monday, June 28, 2021

LA CaTS Center Research Partner, Xavier University of Louisiana, was recently awarded $420,000 from the CDC Foundation to help address health disparities and to raise awareness of COVID-19 infections in the African American population in New Orleans. Congratulations to Dr. Faye Grimsley, principal investigator, on the award addressing this very important public health topic and we wish her much success on this effort.

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About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center.  The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population.  The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center.  For more information, please visit