Humanitarian Health Care Network Wins $5 Million NIH ComPASS Award


Dr. Eric Russell, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine, and Associate Director of the Program for Immigrant and Refugee Child Health (PIRCH) at Texas Children's Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Karla Fredricks, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics - Global and Immigrant Health, Director of PIRCH—along with colleagues at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Stanford, and the Migrant Clinicians Network—were recently awarded a five-year, $5 million NIH ComPASS (Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society) grant for their long-standing, community-engaged border health work. 

Entitled "Humanitarian Health Care Network: Bringing the Most Vulnerable to Care," the program identifies newly arrived immigrants with complex and high risk conditions and connects them to medical care in their final destination. The award will also support research into healthcare access, barriers, resiliencies, and other health needs among this uniquely vulnerable group, and it may be renewed for an additional five years.