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Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy awarded grant to continue COVID-19 work

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The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota announced today that it has received a grant from the Carlson Family Foundation to support CIDRAP’s COVID-19 news coverage and related activities.

CIDRAP is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness, emerging infectious disease response and antimicrobial resistance. CIDRAP continues to track, analyze and report on the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic.

The $25,000 Carlson Family Foundation grant supports the work of CIDRAP in the COVID-19 space. CIDRAP’s COVID-19 efforts have helped guide top-level decision makers and the general public alike, from a comprehensive resource center (launched in February 2020) to widely promulgated weekly podcasts, daily news coverage, Viewpoint reports on key issues, and an extensive bibliography of cutting-edge studies.

“Our family has long recognized that Minnesota’s health and vibrancy is interlinked with the health and vibrancy of the University of Minnesota. This reality is clear as we confront a pandemic that is exposing inequities, shining a light on the stark disparities in health outcomes and having a disproportionate economic impact on women and people of color. To address these inequities, we need solutions driven by research and policies driven by realities. So for us a grant to the University of Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy related to Covid-19 was a must in our efforts to be a part of the solution,” said Wendy Nelson, Chair of the Carlson Family Foundation.

The CIDRAP COVID-19 Resource Center is a comprehensive, authoritative, one-stop resource on COVID-19, complete with relevant information for public health professionals; members of the media; the general public; and international, national, and local policymakers or elected officials. 

About the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy 
CIDRAP is a global leader in addressing public health preparedness and emerging infectious disease response. Founded in 2001, CIDRAP is part of the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota.

About Carlson Family Foundation 
The Carlson Family Foundation is a Minnesota-based philanthropic foundation that seeks to uplift youth through leadership at the intersection of love and insight. Established in 1959 by Curt and Arleen Carlson, the Foundation’s mission is to work together with the community to create opportunity, hope, and a sense of belonging for every young person.

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University Public Relations