Schar School’s ACE! Lands NIH Grant to Fund Diversity Mentoring

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In an effort to increase minority presence among researchers studying solutions to the nation’s opioid crisis, particularly among populations in criminal justice settings, the National Institutes of Health’s Helping to End Addiction Long-Term (HEAL) Initiative has awarded the Schar School’s Center for Advancing Correctional Excellence (ACE!) a grant to sponsor a minority scholar in the coming year.

The grant is the only one awarded by HEAL and will support the Justice Community Opioid Innovation Network (JCOIN), which studies approaches to increase high-quality care for people with opioid misuse in justice settings.

“We are proud to be at the forefront of helping develop the next generation of scientists in the justice-health space,” said ACE! founding director, Schar School University Professor Faye Taxman, who also is principal investigator for JCOIN. “This grant allows us to mentor an affiliate scholar to continue and expand on the important work we have already accomplished over the last several years.”

The funding recognized the success of ACE! in the field of justice-health as well as understanding the wide disparities in those affected by opioid abuse among minority populations.



The Schar School of Policy and Government is one of the 10 schools and colleges of George Mason University, with approximately 2,000 students, 90 full-time faculty members, and 23 degree and certificate programs offered on Mason’s campuses in Fairfax and Arlington, Va. Among the degree programs are government and international affairs, public policy, public administration, political science, international security, and international commerce and policy. The Schar School prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world.

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