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Grant to Diversify Cardiology Experts May Help Close COVID-19 Racial Disparity Gap

Emma Lee
Cardiologists at the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University have been approved for a $35,000 funding award to provides mentorship and research training to medical trainees from under-represented groups.

Fewer than three percent of cardiologists were African American as of 2015, and research shows underlying health conditions - like heart disease - among Black Americans have been linked to higher rates of COVID-19 infections and deaths when compared to white Americans. 

Some Temple University cardiologists have received a grant they hope will help diversify the medical workforce. WHYY's Sojourner Ahebee has more.

(Original air-date: 1/29/21)