KANNAPOLIS, N.C. — The Cabarrus Health Alliance will receive $1.8 million from Duke University as part of a federal grant to help improve Type 2 diabetes care and reduce the cost of managing the disease.

The award will create seven new jobs in Cabarrus County, including community health workers, information officers and health integrators.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently awarded $9.7 million to Duke University to coordinate a three-year program to improve Type 2 diabetes care and management and reduce healthcare costs in the southern United States.

Duke University funneled some of the money to Cabarrus Health Alliance. The two organizations have partnered for nearly five years on Duke’s MURDOCK Study, based at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis and named for campus founder David Murdock.

Read more at The Salisbury Post.