• The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a series of grants totaling more than $13 million to 38 institutions and organizations. The grant money will be used to support efforts to eliminate racial disparities in healthcare.

Among the organizations receiveing grants are a number of black colleges and universities including Howard University, Tougaloo College, Albany State University, Central State University, and Huston-Tillotson University.

Meharry Medical College, the historically black medical school in Nashville, Tennessee, received a five-year, $4.2 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for a research project to develop violence prevention strategies among youth. The pilot program will be developed in Nashville with the hope that it can be emulated in other cities across the nation.

North Carolina Central University, the historically black educational institution in Durham, received a $150,000 grant from the Darden Restaurants Foundation. The funds will be used to buy equipment, furniture, and instructional aids for the university’s hospitality and tourism program.