Minority Partnership Grant Awardees Announced

October 7, 2009


pdf File GSU-MSM Partnership Announcement.pdf (14KB) [download]

pdf File USC CSULA partnership announcement.pdf (16KB) [download]

AUCD congratulates the recipients of the first two Minority Partnership grants awarded by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities: The University of Southern California UCEDD at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (partnering with California State University, Los Angeles) and The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University (partnering with Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine).

See press releases from both UCEDDs in the download box to the right.

Georgia State, Morehouse School of Medicine to partner

"This is a fantastic development for our center," said Daniel Crimmins, director of the CLD and clinical professor of public health. "We are a new program at GSU, and have received tremendous support from so many people here and in the disability community.

"We're off to a good start, but there's still much to do," he said. "This grant provides an opportunity to work closely with SHLI, one of the premiere programs in the country addressing health disparities, to focus on some critical needs in Georgia. The grant also requires us to develop the partnership as a model for other programs across the country." 

SHLI is directed by former U.S. Surgeon General David Satcher, with the mission to develop a diverse group of public health leaders, foster and support leadership strategies, and influence policies toward the reduction and ultimate elimination of disparities in health.

"We at SHLI and Morehouse School of Medicine are delighted to be able to join in partnership with GSU in taking advantage of this opportunity to advance the lives and productivity of persons living with disabilities," said Dr. Satcher. "This opportunity is consistent with our commitment to eliminate disparities in health as they impact the lives of persons living with disabilities."

University of Southern California, California State University LA to partner

"The goal is to increase the capacity of the UCEDD to serve individuals with disabilities from racially and ethnically diverse populations by creating an infrastructure for sharing faculty and students between the two institutions, and to build collaborative projects focused on addressing racial, cultural and linguistic disparities," said Barbara Wheeler, PhD, PI for the grant and Associate Director of the UCEDD and Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

CSULA has one of the most diverse student populations in the nation, including 51 percent Latino, 23 percent Asian, ~10 percent African American, and 1/2 percent American Indian.  Approximately 68 percent of the students are in the first generation in their families to attend college. The UCEDD will be working with CSULA's College of Health and Human Services, Charter College of Education and the Minority Opportunities in Research Education Program for this special initiative.