September 22, 2021, 5:00 p.m. HST
U.S. Senator Brian Schatz (D-Hawai’i), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, announced Wednesday that the University of Hawai’i will receive federal funding of $ 2,104,808 from the US Department of Health and of Social Services (HHS) to establish a Center for Indigenous Health Innovation and Equity and to support cancer prevention research. Senator Schatz led efforts to establish and fund a Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity at the HHS Office of Minority Health in the December 2020 spending bill.
“This new funding will help UH partner with HHS in its new Indigenous health center, giving researchers and policymakers more resources to better understand and directly address the health disparities facing Indigenous communities. Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders, ”said Senator Schatz.
The Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity will lead efforts, including research, education, services and policy development related to addressing health disparities and promoting health equity. among the native populations of Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. An additional prize will focus on Native American and Native Alaskan populations.
Funding of $ 2,104,808 includes:
$ 999,994 for the University of Hawai’i system to implement the Center for Indigenous Health Equity and Innovation
$ 1,104,814 for the University of Hawaii at Manoa to research the causes and prevention of cancer related to the gut microbiome