Our researchers are studying the health conditions - and health challenges - most prevalent throughout the region. The expertise we've built through laboratory and clinical research is the foundation for improving the health status of eastern North Carolina's residents. It's preventing obesity in children and helping senior citizens live healthier, more productive lives. It's making our veterans more resilient, giving hope to individuals living with chronic physical - or mental - pain, and removing barriers to care for the region's rural and underserved populations.
Our work makes a global impact as well. Our scientists are recognized as world leaders in the study of metabolic diseases like diabetes and hypertension. They are advancing the research agenda for treatments to address life-changing injuries and diseases such as spinal cord damage and osteoarthritis.
We also drive innovation in the way we prepare our future health care workforce. We are one of only 11 medical schools in the nation to receive a $1 million grant from the American Medical Association to help shape medical education around team-based, patient-centered care. A $2.5 million U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant is allowing us to implement an interdisciplinary educational model to better treat elderly patients.
An additional $850,000 in funding for ECU's Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program will provide seniors in eastern North Carolina new ways to access health care.
We're innovating a new way to prepare physicians for team-based, patient-centered care.
Our system of eight service learning centers across the state is a national model for dental care.
We're building a comprehensive approach to caring for North Carolina's geriatric population.