- Associated Press - Thursday, September 25, 2014

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) - The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received a nearly $3 million federal grant to study health disparities in the Hispanic and Marshallese communities in northwestern Arkansas.

The $2.99 million grant is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Researchers will study why the Hispanic and Marshallese populations in Benton and Washington counties have higher rates of chronic diseases.

A coalition is involved in the grant project, including UAMS and its family medical centers in Fayetteville and Springdale, as well as the Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese and the Arkansas League of United Latin American Citizens.

The grant announced Thursday is among $35 million awarded nationally aimed at preventing chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and stroke.

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