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Sanford Health granted $11 million to study population health

NIH funds to examine disparities in rural and American Indian health

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Sanford Health is one of only 20 institutions in the country to receive three Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence grants from the National Institutes of Health.

In June, the Population Health Group at Sanford Health, which studies health outcomes and disparities as they relate to public health and communities, was awarded more than $11.33 million over five years to study rural and American Indian health. The money will be used to support current research, recruit new faculty members and provide resources for new cores.

READ Core will provide support to investigators, review boards and tribes and ensure compliance with federal regulations for community-linked, transdisciplinary human subjects research. COMMAND Core helps with planning and designing research studies, collecting and managing data, analyzing and interpreting results.

“A grant like this is a real gift to Sanford Research and South Dakota,” said Amy Elliott, Ph.D.,  senior director at Sanford Research and principal investigator for the CoBRE grant. “One of the most gratifying parts of my job is studying and understanding the people in our region, and then looking for ways to improve their health. This will help us continue that work.”

Sanford Health also received an $11.8 million CoBRE grant for pediatric research that expires in 2018 and a $23 million CoBRE grant for cancer research that expires in 2021.

“Sanford Health is in good company with other top research institutions receiving CoBRE grants,” said David Pearce, Ph.D., vice president of innovation and research at Sanford Health. “It’s a testament to the quality of our research and our reputation that we’re successful in garnering these funds.”

The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Policy, is the nation’s medical research agency.

Research reported in this publication was supported by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM121341. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

About Sanford Health
Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. It is one of the largest health systems in the nation with 45 hospitals and nearly 300 clinics in nine states and four countries. Sanford Health’s 28,000 employees, including more than 1,300 physicians, make it the largest employer in the Dakotas. Nearly $1 billion in gifts from philanthropist Denny Sanford have allowed for several initiatives, including global children's clinics, genomic medicine and specialized centers researching cures for type 1 diabetes, breast cancer and other diseases. For more information, visit sanfordhealth.org.


Jacqueline Palfy
Sanford Health Media Relations
605-366-2432 / jacqueline.palfy@sanfordhealth.org