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Project Purpose:
The Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) aspires to advance health equity and improve health outcomes through digital health equity, including increasing access to health and health-related careers predicated on digital literacy training and digital skills development. To accomplish this goal, the MSM "From Survivor to Innovator: Digital Health Equity and Community Impact" project will expand student access to basic technology and broadband, improve telehealth access in MSM's anchor community, expand science and health careers exploration with its educational partners, and improve MSM faculty's ability to integrate technology into the teaching and learning process. MSM hopes to understand the impact of increasing technological access and literacy will have on digital health equity.

MSM will increase technological access and literacy, and thus digital health equity, in the anchor communities with four primary initiatives. The Undergraduate Health Sciences Academy (UHSA) Connects: The Community Broadband Initiative will expand the health careers pipeline for learners in grades K-8 and college. This project will provide technology, equipment, and access for students in K-8th grades and undergraduate programs from Atlanta communities impacted by limited investments in broadband internet connectivity. MSM's current UHSA prepares undergraduate students to compete and successfully matriculate into medical school and other professional health careers.

The MSM Digital Impact Initiative will mitigate inequities for students at the high school level by partnering with South Atlanta High School to expand broadband capabilities and tech access, and provide teacher and student tech training. These resources will allow MSM to expand opportunities for additional students in its existing STEAM and HCOP programs using technologies outlined in this proposal.

The Digital Health Educator Initiative is an MSM faculty development enhancement effort to include technology integration into MSM curriculum development and instructional design to improve teaching and learning delivery. Processes will utilize online training, technology coaching, seminars, external coaching, and peer coaching.

The MSM Health Equity for All Lives (HEAL) Initiative will expand existing student-run clinics via telehealth technologies, which contribute to the health equity of the underserved and uninsured populations by providing medical and screening services to local populations in anchor communities.

The "From Survivor to Innovator: Digital Health Equity and Community Impact" project will achieve expanded student access to technology and programming to encourage more students to seek health careers and improve health outcomes for those in MSM's most at-risk communities. The UHSA Connects Community Broadband Initiative will result in increased digital literacy skills and increased awareness around health equity and the social determinants of health in the anchor community.

The MSM Digital Impact Initiative will provide improved broadband speeds, a digital health equity curriculum, computer labs equipped with distance learning technology, and improved college and career readiness at an anchor community high school.

The Digital Health Educator Initiative will develop and implement a scalable faculty development curriculum to improve MSM faculty's competencies in digital teaching to meet the need for digital health educators as technology plays an increasingly important role.

The MSM HEAL Initiative will enable physicians to reach more patients using telemedicine technology.

This project will benefit Morehouse School of Medicine students and faculty, as well as K-12th grade students, residents, and patients at student-run clinics in the MSM anchor community in Atlanta, GA.

Subrecipient Activities (if applicable):
The recipient does not intend to subaward funds.
Place of Performance
Atlanta, Georgia 30310-1458 United States
Geographic Scope
Single Zip Code
Related Opportunity
Analysis Notes
COVID-19 $4,231,058 (100%) percent of this Project Grant was funded by COVID-19 emergency acts including the CARES Act.
Amendment Since initial award the total obligations have decreased 50% from $8,462,116 to $4,231,058.
The Morehouse School Of Medicine was awarded Advancing Health Equity through Digital Health: From Survivor to Innovator Project Grant 1309C13077 worth $4,231,058 from the National Institute of Standards and Technology in March 2023 with work to be completed primarily in Atlanta Georgia United States. The grant has a duration of 2 years and was awarded through assistance program 11.028 Connecting Minority Communities Pilot Program.


Last Modified 3/3/23

Period of Performance
Start Date
End Date
65.0% Complete

Funding Split
Federal Obligation
Non-Federal Obligation
Total Obligated
100.0% Federal Funding
0.0% Non-Federal Funding

Activity Timeline

Interactive chart of timeline of amendments to 1309C13077

Additional Detail

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Awardee Classifications
Public/State Controlled Institution Of Higher Education
Awarding Office
Funding Office
Awardee UEI
Awardee CAGE
Performance District
Not Applicable

Budget Funding

Federal Account Budget Subfunction Object Class Total Percentage
Connecting Minority Communities Fund, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, Commerce (013-0561) Other advancement of commerce Grants, subsidies, and contributions (41.0) $4,231,058 100%
Modified: 3/3/23