Man Up Man Down receives new NIH grant!

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH has funded a new program titled, the "Research to Reduce Disparities in Disease" (R2D2). R2D2 offers “hands-on” research training to MSU medical students who want to conduct community-based research on disparities in cardiovascular disease. The existence of racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in cardiovascular disease is a major national problem. Medical doctors have an important role to play. R2D2 will prepare medical students to address CVD disparities through research that combines the best of medicine and public health. Medicine and public health are natural allies. However, they do not always work optimally together. Professional differences in training and perspectives have led some to the false impression that public health works “upstream” on prevention while physicians are only concerned with “downstream” patient care. R2D2 will train medical students to bridge the boundary between medicine and public health to improve population health.