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Georgia State: Receives $250,000 Grant To Study Mobility Challenges, Improve Health Outcomes

Georgia State University has been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant under Systems for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, to study the mobility challenges limiting low-income, chronically ill patients in accessing healthcare, healthy food and other activities that enhance physical and mental well-being.

The 18-month study will test the effects of several mobility support options on the health behaviors, use of health care and health outcomes for low-income individuals with Type 2 diabetes in metro Atlanta.

It will be led by Dr. Fei Li, an assistant professor of urban studies, and Dr. Chris Wyczalkowski, a post-doctoral researcher, in a partnership with the Grady Health System, the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA), Atlanta Regional Commission and ARCHI, a nonprofit collaborative network working to create and sustain a healthy population. Regents Professor Richard Rothenberg and clinical associate professor Dr. Harry Heiman from Georgia State University School of Public Health will contribute as co-investigators.

An earlier report led by Dr. Karen Minyard, director of the Georgia Health Policy Center in Georgia State’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, shows low-income communities in the region have been found to suffer staggering disparities in health. Mobility and accessibility issues can deepen these disparities even further.

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NOTE: Support for this research is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of the Foundation.