Morehouse School of Medicine is one of 21 grant recipients and the only medical school awarded a $500,000 U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhood planning grant. This grant will allow MSM to put forth a comprehensive plan to improve the lives of children from "cradle to college to career" in a 1.7 mile radius of the AUC schools.
Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) and United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta (UWMA) have formed a unique partnership to improve the educational, health, and social development outcomes for children and youth by building a holistic, community-centered education continuum that serves children and families living on the west side of Atlanta. The initiative, known as Atlanta's Promise Neighborhood, was designed to carry out ten specified planning activities, to address the Secretary's Absolute Priority 1-Proposal to Develop a Promise Neighborhood Plan. The geographic area for Atlanta's Promise Neighborhood - comprised of 16 census tracts surrounding the Atlanta University Center campus and spans over parts of seven zip-codes - was selected by MSM and UWMA based on a need index that took into account income, education, housing issues, and population density, as well as other signs of distress and the potential of extant community resources to improve outcomes for children and families.
The primary focus of the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood will be the Booker T. Washington High School feeder system, which includes Kennedy Middle and Bethune Elementary.
MSM will be joined in this work by a broad-based set of partners that comprise the project's Advisory Board, including: United Way of Metro Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County Department of Health and Wellness, Chatham-County Youth Futures Authority, Atlanta Community Food Bank, Arthur M. Blank Family YMCA, and Georgia Family Connection Partnership.
Should our plan be accepted, MSM will receive up to $10 million a year for the next five years to implement the plan.