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For Immediate Release 

October 13, 2011
Contact: Sherri Fillingham
Phone: 919-546-8250/919-623-9494: Mobile 


SHAW UNIVERSITY IHSCR AWARDED United Negro College Fund Special Programs $20,000 GRANT  

 Raleigh, NC – Shaw University’s Institute for Health, Social, and Community Research (IHSCR) has received a $20,000 United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation (UNCFSP) grant as part of an initiative in partnership with the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to promote increased utilization of NLM online health resources for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) campuses and their surrounding communities.  

In response to the disparities in morbidity and mortality among underserved populations, the UINCFSP/NLM HBCU ACCESS Project was launched in 2002.  As the recipient of 2011-2012 UNCFSP/NLM HBCU ACCESS award, Shaw’s project focus is community and campus empowerment through awareness and access to online health information.  

“Awareness and access are key components to engaging and empowering people with accurate and reliable health-related information to improve their health and quality of life” said Renee Myatt, ECHI principal investigator. “Shaw University is a community and academic resource and advocate.” 

The Shaw Empowerment through Consumer Health Information (ECHI) is a collaborative partnership that engages the Shaw University Freshmen Studies Program, Shaw’s Natural Sciences & Mathematics Department, the City of Raleigh Information Technology Department, the Southeast Raleigh Assembly and the Central Citizens Advisory Council in a collaborative process aimed at enhancing knowledge and utilization of the NLM online consumer health information databases. The ECHI Project is supported by an award from the United Negro College Fund Special Programs Corporation in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine. 


Shaw University was founded in 1865 and is the oldest historically Black university in the south. Shaw University is a private, co-educational liberal arts University that awards degrees at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The primary mission of Shaw University is teaching with the commitment to maintain excellence in research and academic programs that foster intellectual enhancement and technological skills.