Siemens Foundation Awards $280,000 to Morehouse School of Medicine to Support COVID-19 Vaccination Distribution Efforts in Atlanta

Donation part of larger national effort by the Siemens Foundation to support five non-profit organizations across the country that provide direct outreach in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities.

ATLANTA (April 20, 2021) – Morehouse School of Medicine has been awarded $280,000 in grant funds from the Siemens Foundation to increase vaccine distribution and adoption throughout Atlanta. This COVID-19 vaccination grant will allow Morehouse School of Medicine to work with trusted community partners to facilitate more equitable and widespread access to COVID-19 protection for Georgia’s most vulnerable communities.

“The pandemic has pulled the curtain down on the glaring socioeconomic and health inequities that make Black and brown populations vulnerable to illness and death from COVID-19,” said Morehouse School of Medicine President and Dean Valerie Montgomery Rice, MD. “Morehouse School of Medicine is committed to health equity and advancing public health, and we have done work in this space for more than 40 years. We are immensely grateful for this gift from Siemens Foundation, which will allow us to increase our vaccination initiatives and reach vulnerable populations that still struggle with vaccine accessibility.”

“Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities continue to be disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and organizations like Morehouse School of Medicine are critical to advancing health equity through vaccine distribution,” said David Etzwiler, chief executive officer of Siemens Foundation. “We are proud to support this organization, their healthcare workers and their mission.”

This donation is part of a larger national effort by the Siemens Foundation to provide $1.4 million — including funding from the Siemens Healthineers fund of the Siemens Foundation — to five non-profit organizations across the country that provide direct outreach in Black, Latinx and Indigenous communities most impacted by COVID-19.
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About the Siemens Foundation

The Siemens Foundation has invested more than $130 million in the United States to advance equitable workforce development and education initiatives in science, technology, engineering and math. Its mission is inspired by the culture of innovation, research and continuous learning that is the hallmark of Siemens’ companies. The Foundation is committed to economic, social and racial justice for all in the United States, and together the programs at the Siemens Foundation are narrowing the opportunity gap for young people in the U.S. and igniting and sustaining today’s STEM workforce and tomorrow’s scientists and engineers.

About Morehouse School of Medicine

Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit or call 404-752-1500.


Nicole Linton