UNLV Awarded CMS Health Equity Grant
On October 12, 2021, the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents, was named a 2021 Minority Research Grant Program grantee by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH).
As a grantee, UNLV will receive $245,000 from CMS to use novel computational and clinical strategies, including a deep learning-based risk score model and clinical assessment, to identify ethnic-specific opioid overdose risk factors.
Dr. Mingon Kang will lead the project. He has been a member of the Computer Science department since 2019. Dr. Kang has been focusing on three research topics: (1) biologically interpretable deep learning research in biomedical informatics, (2) integrative data analysis, and (3) computational modeling in biology. Dr. Kang has trained several minority students, including postdoctoral fellow graduate students, and has served as a thesis/dissertation committee chair. Dr. Kang has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal and conference articles.
Background on the Minority Research Grant Program
The CMS OMH Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP) supports researchers at minority-serving institutions through funding to explore and address health care disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community, individuals with limited English proficiency, and rural populations. Over the past two decades, 51 MRGP awardees have evaluated critical public health issues to better understand the needs of minority populations and inform policies that improve health equity.