Maryland Red Cross Seeks Black Donors; Two Universities Awarded NIH Grants To Establish Centers Focusing on Racial Health Disparities
American Red Cross: Maryland's Red Cross chapter is encouraging blacks in the state to donate blood, the Westminster Community Times reports. Blacks comprise 26% of the state population but account for 8% of blood donors. In addition, the state is in need of type O blood, and "there tends to be a higher proportion of type O in African-Americans," Katie McGuire, spokesperson for Red Cross' Greater Chesapeake & Potomac Region, said. Blacks also more often have type B, which is periodically in short supply, the Community Times reports (Smith, Westminster Community Times, 8/15).
Jackson State University: NIH's National Center for Research Resources has awarded JSU a three-year, $9.5 million grant to establish the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network, the Jackson Clarion-Ledger reports. The network will seek to address health care disparities among minority and underserved populations (Jackson Clarion-Ledger, 8/14).
- University of California-Davis: NIH's National Institute of Mental Health has awarded UC-Davis a five-year, $3.9 million grant to create the Asian American Center on Disparities Research, the Sacramento Business Journal reports. The center will help support a network of researchers at the university who are studying Asian-American mental health. The network initially will include 36 researchers from 18 universities in nine states, Puerto Rico and Taiwan, and will continue to expand over time (Johnson, Sacramento Business Journal, 8/14).