Tulane University receives $18.7 million for Gulf spill health projects
May 30, 2012
New Orleans-based Tulane University recently announced that it received $18.7 million for two projects that will help residents affected by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. With the funding, faculty from the university's School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine will work with the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics to launch the Environmental Health Capacity and Literacy Project. The grant money will also be put toward the Fund for the Future of the Gulf project.
The lion's share of the funding - $15 million - came from BP's class action medical claims settlement following the Deepwater Horizon spill. The five-year Gulf Region Health Outreach Program will help Tulane's faculty provide primary care providers in Louisiana, Mississippi, Florida and Alabama with resources and consultation. The project also plans to establish a network of environmental health experts.
The remaining $3.7 million was granted to the university by the Baton Rouge Area Foundation for a three-year project evaluating the health of residents in Gulf Coast communities, collecting information about the safety of seafood consumption and training for future disaster preparedness.
University departments that receive multiple contributions for large-scale efforts might benefit from nonprofit financial management
to ensure grants and other funding resources are being properly accounted for.