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Purpose: The purpose of this initiative is to stimulate investigator-initiated research into the role of stigma in health and how to intervene to prevent or mitigate its negative effects on the health and welfare of individuals, groups, and societies worldwide. Collaborative interdisciplinary applications are particularly encouraged. The following Institutes and Centers from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) seek domestic and international applications that address stigma-related issues, across a variety of global public health problems, among individuals and in society: the Health Research Services Administration (HRSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH), including the Fogarty International Center (FIC), the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCHMD), the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), the Office of AIDS Research, the Office of Behavioral and Social Science Research (OBSSR), and the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH); and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Relevant issues include the following:

  1. How stigma and its consequences, such as discrimination, affect health (e.g., through physical and psychological abuse, denial of economic opportunities, poor provision and seeking of health care)

  2. How stigma associated with specific health conditions interacts with stigma associated with individual or group characteristics (e.g., …

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