"We have such an incredible potential and opportunity for success," said Dr. Sabra Slaughter, principal investigator of Project EXPORT and chief of staff in the office of the president of MUSC. The Center of Excellence
in Partnership for Community Outreach
, Research on Health Disparities and Training brings two five-year grants to MUSC
and South Carolina State.
The grants are part of an effort to eliminate health disparities among racial and ethic minority communities.
The new grants will be used to focus on what is now named metabolic syndrome, a cluster of interrelated conditions that put a patient at high risk for potentially deadly heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney failure and some cancers.
Research planned at South Carolina State, with guidance from MUSC
, will be applied in 16 counties in the center of the state along the I-95 corridor, Slaughter
expects to find and create new ways to reach people through churches, boys' and girls' clubs, beauty parlors and senior centers. Slaughter
expects students will learn healthier lifestyles and become interested in medical professions.Blacks make up 30 percent of the state population, but comprise only 5 percent of its physicians, 4 percent of its pharmacists and 6 percent of its dentists, he
looks forward to the day that a healthy lifestyle is a source of pride and that "in-crowd" teens eat five servings of vegetables and fruits a day.
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