Grants promote health, education

Several University units have been awarded grants to further their work.

* The interdisciplinary Program on Health Outcomes -- directed by William L. Roper, dean of the School of Public Health -- will receive a federal grant of nearly $2 million to build alliances with research-based pharmaceutical firms, contract research organizations and other health-care organizations to improve drugs and devices used in pediatric care.

* A research group led by Peter Margolis, associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology, will receive about $800,000 this year as part of the National Initiative for Children's Healthcare Quality. The initial focus will be on preventive services like lead and vision screening, safety counseling and asthma care.

* The schools of public health and medicine have received more than $1.5 million from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to support home visits by nurses to help first-time, low-income adolescent mothers and their newborns.

* The School of Education has received more than $2.3 million in federal grants to fund more than 150 teachers and administrators in 10 counties in their work with students with English as their second language.

The project will provide seminars for teachers seeking ESL licenses and will aim to improve ESL students' reading and math test scores by improving their language instruction.

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