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Georgia State: Funded By $3.75 Million Grant, Prevention Research Center Focused On Migrant Health to be Established

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has awarded Georgia State University a five-year, $3.75 million grant to establish a Prevention Research Center (PRC) that will focus on the health and health disparities of refugees and migrants.

Georgia State is one of 25 institutions included in the 2019-24 PRC network, which works to identify public health issues and develop interventions that can be scaled up or replicated in other communities. The PRC will be based at the university’s Perimeter College campus in Clarkston, a city known as the “Ellis Island of the South” because it is home to thousands of migrants. The center will open on Sept. 30.

“We are deeply honored to join the CDC’s Prevention Research Center network, which has played a vital role in advancing public health in this country for 35 years,” said Dr. Michael Eriksen, interim vice president for research and economic development at Georgia State. “Nationally, very little is being done to address issues affecting refugee communities, and having a campus inside Clarkston presents a tremendous opportunity to work with a population that’s in need of support and research.”

Dr. Eriksen will direct the center with Dr. Rodney Lyn, interim dean of the School of Public Health.

The core research project, conducted in partnership with the community, will address the health and well-being of migrant children by adapting SafeCare, an evidence-based parenting program.

Learn more about the new PRC.