Howard University is furthering its efforts to conduct research and combat health disparities that disproportionately affect the Black community. The Washington, D.C.-based HBCU recently received a grant to focus on sickle cell disease education and outreach.
The $42,000 endowment—gifted by the Walter Brownley Trust Bank of America, N.A.—will go towards Howard University’s Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. The funds will support a program dubbed LIFE (Learning Is Fundamental for Everyone) with Sickle Cell Disease which will work towards supporting youngsters with the disease. Among the initiatives under the project include educational workshops for families, transportation assistance for those who need treatment and other resources.