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Dr. Isha Metzger and The EMPOWER Lab receive $1 Million SAMHSA Grant!


Congratulations to Dr. Isha Metzger and her team who just received a coveted multiyear, $1M SAMHSA grant to research community applications in HIV and substance misuse populations with a focus on trauma exposed ethnic minority groups. Way to go Dr. Metzger! Here’s a brief on the grant:

There is an urgent need for an enhanced infrastructure in GA to increase the capacity to implement, improve, and sustain effective evidence-based HIV prevention and substance misuse services among trauma-exposed racial/ethnic minorities in underserved communities. Dr. Isha Metzger was recently awarded a 5-year, $1 million grant to target two pervasive public health concerns, HIV and substance misuse. “Project NaviGAte: Connecting Georgia to Substance Use and HIV Prevention” will allow Dr. Metzger and her team to provide much needed navigation services, develop a public health messaging and awareness campaign, and enhance HIV and substance misuse screening, prevention and treatment for trauma exposed ethnic minorities in Georgia. Project NaviGAte is funded by the Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to target 4 of the 48 federally-designated “hotspots” hardest hit by the HIV epidemic: Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties in GA.


Adjunct Assistant Professor, Clinical Program, Director, The EMPOWER Lab , Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Director, The EMPOWER Lab

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