U-M awards grants to six projects, including one from CHRT, that address poverty, impact of COVID-19 across Midwest

July 8, 2020 | CHRT News

Image of a map of the MidwestThe Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network, led by Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan, awarded six grants totaling $150,000 for projects to improve economic mobility and address the impact of COVID-19 throughout the Midwest. The grant program aims to accelerate collaborative community-university projects that will leverage data and apply research to have real-world impact on economic mobility. 

The Center for Health and Research Transformation (CHRT) is one of the six grantees. CHRT’s grant supports ongoing COVID-19 response analysis for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and Council of Michigan Foundations, as well as other health-related organizations.

“We know that improving economic mobility requires action-based partnerships across the nonprofit and for-profit sectors, government and universities,” said H. Luke Shaefer, director of Poverty Solutions and the Hermann and Amalie Kohn Professor of Social Justice and Social Policy at the University of Michigan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has shone a bright spotlight on economic inequality, and we need to support these strategic partnerships to improve economic mobility more than ever.”

The Midwest Mobility from Poverty Network, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is a collaboration of universities that uses data and analysis to promote economic mobility and reduce poverty in the Midwest region.