KSU part of $2.5 million grant to study health disparities in North Georgia

KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 11, 2018) — Kennesaw State University, in conjunction with a Cobb County community partner organization "Someone Cares" was recently awarded a $2.5 million ($500,000 per year for 5 years) SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  This project focuses on health disparities, especially focused on minority health and HIV, Hep C, and HIV/AIDS, including in the North Georgia region.  Kennesaw State will receive a small piece of this grant for the next 5 years to serve as the evaluator as well as the expert on health disparities and rural North Georgia. KSU Assistant Professor of Sociology Dr. Evelina Sterling stated "It is our hope to use this research to position ourselves for other larger grants aimed at addressing health disparities involving HIV, Hep C, and HIV/AIDS, especially in rural North Georgia as the opioid epidemic and related morbidities are huge priorities right now. ". This is exciting news for Kennesaw State, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice.