The University of North Florida is among the 15 recipients of the first Research Accelerator Grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as announced by the COVID-19 Research Consortium, the Health Care Cost Institute and Datavant.
The US $ 39,160 award is for the Telehealth Disparity: Investigating the Predictors for Low Utilization between Minority Populations project.
The grant will provide researchers with the resources they need to use the consortium’s health database to study the direct and indirect effects of COVID-19, according to a UNF press release.
The first funding round prioritizes research proposals that investigate the role of gender in the pandemic. The aim is to accelerate the evidence for policy measures that will mitigate the effects of the current pandemic and support future disaster risk reduction.
UNF researchers include Cynthia Williams, Associate Professor of Health Administration at Brooks College of Health, and Richard Shang, Management Assistant Professor at Coggin College of Business.
Her research will examine health status and behavior associated with low telemedicine use. Williams and Shang will examine cross-cultural data, gender differences, and other social factors that contribute to inequalities in access and health outcomes. The work will identify interventions to promote equal opportunities in technology-enhanced health care in minority groups.
The COVID-19 research database is a partnership between national health organizations. With more than 250 million patients and 85 billion records, the database is the largest secure archive of data made available free of charge to public health scientists and policymakers investigating the pandemic.
Research at the UNF begins this summer and will be featured in the webinar series COVID-19 Research Database Grand Rounds later this year.