Kansas City, MO,
21:17 PM

Colvin Receives R21 Grant from NIH

Jeffrey Colvin, MD, JD, Director of Research in the Division of General Academic Pediatrics and Medical Director for the Children's Mercy Center for Community Connections, was awarded a two-year, $425,000 R21 grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

Dr. Colvin’s “Local Conditions and Child Health” study will investigate how macroeconomic conditions, such as recessions, impact pediatric hospital utilization. The research may identify specific populations of children who experience greater risk to their health during economic downturns, with the potential to inform policy changes and other strategies to help avoid unnecessary and costly hospital visits and stays.


Children’s Mercy Kansas City is an independent, non-profit, 390-bed pediatric health system, providing over half a million patient encounters each year for children from across the country. Children’s Mercy is ranked by U.S. News & World Report in all ten specialties. We have received Magnet® recognition five times for excellence in nursing services. In affiliation with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, our faculty of nearly 800 pediatric specialists and researchers is actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research and educating the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists. The Children’s Mercy Research Institute (CMRI) integrates research and clinical care with nationally recognized expertise in genomic medicine, precision therapeutics, population health, health care innovation and emerging infections. In 2021 the CMRI moved into a nine-story, 375,000-square-foot space emphasizing a translational approach to research in which clinicians and researchers work together to accelerate the pace of discovery that enhances care.