NIH to Assess and Expand COVID-19 Testing for Under-served Communities

The National Institutes of Health has awarded nearly $234 million to improve COVID-19 testing for under-served and vulnerable populations. A part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative, the RADx Under-served Populations (RADx-UP) program will support 32 institutions across the United States and will focus on populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic. These groups include African Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Latinos/Latinas, Native Hawaiians, older adults, pregnant women and those who are homeless or incarcerated.

RADx-UP will support projects with established community partnerships that can use their existing research infrastructures to swiftly implement strategies and interventions to increase access and uptake of COVID-19 testing among under-served and vulnerable populations.

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