Cornell awards $192K in grants to Ithaca-based research projects touching on race, COVID-19

The school described the four projects in a press release. "Understanding and Supporting Communities within Communities" involves four students who will connect with Black community member who use opioids. With help from Southside Community Center and the local REACH Project, a harm reduction-focused drug addiction services facility, the project aims to conduct surveys, oral histories and interviews with "hundreds of people who use drugs to better understand their backgrounds, drug use, medical and social needs. Jerel Ezell, assistant professor in Africana Studies and team lead, calls the project a “multilayered community partnership, student-to-neighborhood cultural exchange.”

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