Montana State Awarded $1.8m by NIH to investigate COVID-19 Testing Strategies Involving Underserved Populations in Montana & Washington

Montana State Awarded $1.8m by NIH to investigate COVID-19 Testing Strategies Involving Underserved Populations in Montana & Washington

Montana State University is on the rise with research expenditures hitting record highs being recently reported at $167 million for the 2019-2020 period. Now the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the Bozeman-based Montana State University Center for American Indian and Rural Health Equity (CAIRHE) to investigate COVID-19 testing strategies among the most underserved communities in Montana and Washington. A grant totaling $1,797,140 to CAIRHE is part of the NIH’s $1.4 billion Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative, or RADx, created in the early weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic to address the need for scaled up testing across the country. TrialSite has reported on RADx-UP across the country, the component of the program that funds community-engaged projects such as the one CAIRHE will embark on now in this vast, heavily rural part of the United States. Many of the communities targeted in this research are among the hardest hit in the United States, including several Native American reservations. Montana State’s CAIRHE initiative is now one of 70 across the United States and exemplifies the growth of prominence in research wielded by Fighting Bobcats. The Montana St...

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