ASU & Tuskegee to Sign MOU

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ASU and Tuskegee to Sign MOU to Help Improve Health and Healthcare of African-Americans 

By Kenneth Mullinax/ASU 

In an effort to help improve the state of African-American's health and healthcare in the Southern United, particularly within various Black-Belt counties, Alabama State University and Tuskegee University will sign a joint agreement to formalize and make available a series of academic studies on both campuses. 

The agreement will be between ASU's Department of History and Political Science and Tuskegee University's National Center of Bioethics and Healthcare, explained ASU's Dr. Tanjula Petty, assistant provost for Student Success and Special Initiatives.  

"The partnership will enhance collaborative working relationships between Tuskegee and Alabama State University's faculty, students, and staff with the goal to improve the well-being of African-Americans in Alabama's Black Belt counties and in similar locations throughout the South," Petty said. "This agreement will help achieve this goal by strengthening and formalizing the already high levels of scholarly activities between the two historically black universities." 

Petty stated that many activities will be produced from this agreement, such as a lecture series on bioethics and the law, which will benefit students from both institutions.  

At the center of the movement to make this agreement a reality are ASU's Dr. Derryn Moten, chair of the University's History and Political Science Department, and Dr. Rueben C. Warren, director of Tuskegee University’s National Center of Bioethics and Health Science. 

Moten believes the effort will enhance and increase student interest and involvement in health issues, as well as expand the foundation of knowledge for scholars at both universities. 

"I hope our joint effort will accomplish many things regarding healthcare issues for black, brown and indigenous people in the United States and serve as a catalyst for many related items that includes increased scholarly study, research, joint projects, senior research, publications and observational reports of current and past issues, which will all help make a difference in alleviating the deep-rooted problems that confront minority health and healthcare in the South's Black-Belt counties for our community," Moten said. 

News media contact: Kenneth Mullinax, 334-229-4104.