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FY 2020 Grant Awards

National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities (NIMIC) Initiative

Project Period 2020-2023

The National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 (NIMIC) Initiative seeks to develop and coordinate a strategic and structured national network of national, state/territorial/tribal and local public and community-based organizations that will mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable populations.

The NIMIC initiative is a three-year cooperative agreement between the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH) and the Morehouse School of Medicine to fight COVID-19 in racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable communities. The Morehouse School of Medicine and OMH will lead the initiative to coordinate a strategic network to deliver COVID-19-related information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic through:

  1. the coordinated development and dissemination of culturally and linguistically diverse information;

  2. dissemination of information on available COVID-19 testing and vaccination, other healthcare, and social services, especially in geographic communities highly impacted by COVID-19 and at highest risk for adverse outcomes; and

  3. dissemination of effective strategies for COVID-19 response, recovery, and resilience.

The NIMIC initiative is expected to result in: (1) improved reach of COVID-19-related public health messaging to racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable populations; (2) increased connection to healthcare and social services for racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable populations; (3) decreased disparities in COVID-19 testing and vaccination rates among racial and ethnic minority populations in highly impacted geographic areas; and (4) enhanced state/territorial/tribal capacity and infrastructure to support response, recovery, and resilience for racial and ethnic minority, rural and socially vulnerable populations.

The National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 Initiative cooperative agreement will begin July 2020.

Award City State Award
Morehouse School of Medicine Atlanta GA $14.6m

For questions and inquiries regarding the NIMIC initiative, please contact info@minorityhealth.hhs.gov.

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