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Arnold School grant total since July 1: $21 million

The University of South Carolina’s Arnold School of Public Health announced today (Friday, Oct. 22) that it has received nearly $21 million in grants since July 1, including one for $3.25 million that will enhance education and training for the state’s public-health workforce.

The announcement by Dr. Tom Chandler, dean of the Arnold School, was made prior to the celebration of the 35th anniversary of South Carolina’s only school of public health.

“Each award is a testament to the impact that the Arnold School has on the health of South Carolinians and our influence on human health and environmental health in our state and nation,” he said.

“These grants target many of the most pressing health problems facing our society today, including an impending shortage of public-health professionals that will be addressed with this significant grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration to establish the S.C. Public Health Training Center,” he said. “This center will enable us to offer professional development and educational programs, in collaboration with the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control, to address the needs of our public-health workforce.”

By the year 2020, the Association of Schools of Public Health projects the nation will have a shortage of more than 250,000 public-health workers, including public-health physicians, educators, epidemiologists, environmental specialists, administrators and nurses, Chandler said.

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Top Arnold School grants

  • $6.7 million, Health Disparities: To Dr. Saundra Glover from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • $4.3 million, Cancer Disparities: To Dr. James Hébert from National Cancer Institute
  • $3.25 million, S.C. Public Health Workforce: To Drs. Greg Hand and Lillian Smith from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • $2.9 million, Lung Health: To Dr. Erik Svendsen from NIH
  • $1.4 million, Childhood Obesity: To Dr. Russ Pate from NIH
  • $1 million, Latinos’ Health: To Deborah Billings and Julie Smithwick-Leone from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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