TULSA, Oklahoma - The president of the University of Oklahoma was in Tulsa Wednesday to announce a $15 million grant to improve cardiovascular health in state.

Boren says the grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund Healthy Hearts for Oklahoma and advance work by researchers for OU Health Sciences Center and the School of Community Medicine in Tulsa.

“This grant provides a critical infrastructure to help ensure better health for all Oklahomans, especially those in remote and rural areas of the state,” said OU President David L. Boren.

“It is a tribute to the talent and dedication of OU researchers, who are dedicated to improved health care.”

OU is one of seven grantees awarded as part of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality initiative.

Dr. Steven Crawford of the OU College of Medicine's Department of Family and Preventive Medicine and Dr. Dan Duffy at the School of Community Medicine in Tulsa will head the Oklahoma research effort.