Wayne State has pledged $1 million for research seeking to improve the cardiovascular health of Detroit residents.
President M. Roy Wilson announced the donation at the Mackinac Policy Conference in early May.
Detroit currently has some of the highest rates of cardiovascular disease in the nation according to Joneigh Khaldun, director of the Detroit Health Department.
WSU, Henry Ford Health, the Detroit Health Department and the American Heart Association have teamed up for the plan; WSU is working to get more health groups, hospitals and universities involved this summer.
"This is a long-term initiative of 20 years, said Matthew Lockwood, WSU director of communications. "We feel an obligation to address health disparities in the city and we want to radically improve the health in Detroit."
The university will hold a town hall meeting on Aug. 1 from 3-5 p.m. at the WSU Integrative Biosciences Center to discuss details of the plan with the public.
Susana Hernandez is a staff writer for The South End. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.