DMU researchers awarded grant from Polk County

September 7, 2012 —

Polk CountySimon Geletta, Ph.D., associate professor in the M.P.H. program, and Carolyn Beverly, M.D., assistant professor in the M.P.H. Program, were recently awarded a $10,000 grant from the Polk County Community Development Program. The funding was granted to increase awareness among the African-American population in Des Moines and the surrounding areas of their risk for high blood pressure. At-risk individuals will be screened at local businesses and organizations and then assisted to find medical attention to prevent and control high blood pressure.

The project is in partnership with local community coalition members including the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Mercy Medical Center – Des Moines and the African American Leadership Council.

The Polk County Community Betterment Grant Program was designed to provide financial support to non-profit organizations that provide cultural, recreational, educational and human needs services to the citizens of Polk County, Iowa.

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Des Moines University (DMU) is the only private medical school in Iowa, offering graduate-level, professional degree programs in osteopathic medicine, podiatric medicine, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, biomedical sciences, anatomy, health care administration and public health. Founded in 1898, the institution offers superior academics in a collaborative environment. DMU students' pass rate on national examinations and board certifications is consistently higher than the national average and the rates at similar institutions.