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National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Application Receipt Date(s): June 04, 2012

Although scientific and technological discoveries have improved the overall health of the US population, racial/ethnic minority populations (African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations continue to experience a disproportionate burden of disease. Increased morbidity, mortality, incidence of disease, disability, and adverse outcomes in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, and other conditions are well documented in the scientific literature. Moreover, there are a range of health conditions that have yet to be studied adequately in these health disparity populations.

As the Nation’s steward of biomedical and behavioral research, NIH has devoted considerable resources to characterize the root causes of health disparities. As a result of these efforts, a complex and multi-factorial web of interconnected and overlapping factors (i.e., biological, behavioral, environmental, and societal) has emerged. As an important next step, research is needed that capitalizes upon this knowledge about causal pathways to directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities.

Investigators who conduct original and innovative social, behavioral, clinical, health services or policy research directed toward eliminating health disparities are invited to apply to this FOA. Projects must include a focus on addressing disparities in disparity populations as a whole, a single health disparity population, or a subgroup within a health disparity population. Projects addressing the improvement of health in racial/ethnic minority populations (without a specific emphasis on disparities relative to other groups) are also accepted under this announcement. Projects may involve primary data collection or secondary analysis of existing datasets.

Investigators conducting biological or genetic research on minority health or health disparities are directed to the related NIMHD FOA, RFA-MD-12-004, Basic and Applied Biomedical Research …

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