HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii's John A. Burns School of Medicine has announced major new funding for community-based research.
The school said Monday that the money has been designated to improve the health of Hawaii residents who suffer from disproportionately higher rates of such ailments as heart disease, diabetes and asthma.
The $12.6 million grant comes from the National Institutes of Health.
It establishes Hawaii as one of six regions in the U.S. where health disparities among minorities will take center stage.
The school says innovative discoveries will be coordinated to target specific health problems, and discoveries will be rapidly transferred into real-life treatment settings where people receive care.