McEachin Announces VCU Grants from Department of Health and Human Services

Richmond, Va. – Congressman A. Donald McEachin (VA-04) today announced the following grant awards from the Department of Health and Human Services to Virginia Commonwealth University for research. The first grant was awarded for $314,381 for study of alcohol, and the second grant was awarded for $512,318 for mental health research.

“Once again, VCU demonstrates their prominence as a research university and center,” Congressman McEachin said. “These are two critical areas of study that could make a significant difference in the lives of so many.”

The third grant was awarded for the amount of $449,167 for their graduate Psychology Education program.

“Any listing of needed professions for the 21st century includes clinical psychologists. VCU has an illustrious program that is contributing to alleviating the shortage of these professionals,” Congressman McEachin said. “These funds will help support additional students and their research.”

The fourth grant was awarded for the amount of $1,238,935 for the study of cancer control.

“As a cancer conqueror myself, I know the fear and dismay this disease causes. Research that will find cures, help recognize causes and support prevention is much needed,” Congressman McEachin said. “I am pleased to see HHS investing in the ground-breaking, critical research happening at VCU.”

The last grant was awarded for $734,803 to study the potential for primary care doctors to perform screenings to detect unhealthy alcohol use.

“Preventing and addressing alcohol disorders as early as possible would save lives and ease the burden on the health care system,” Congressman McEachin said. “If a method can be devised for primary care givers to screen for alcohol abuse, that would assist in preventing problems.”