Social, behavioral, health services, and policy research on minority health and health disparities

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Looks like a great funding opportunity from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) for Network faithful committed to addressing disparities!

From the funding announcement:
Although scientific and technological discoveries have improved the health of the US population overall, racial/ethnic minority populations, 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.

Research Objectives
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 one or more health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.  This focus can be on health 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 FOA. Projects may involve primary data collection or secondary analysis of existing datasets.

Applications should articulate how the proposed work will specifically impact minority health or minimize health gaps between health disparity population(s) and the general population. Applications will be considered non-responsive to this FOA if they merely focus on diseases or conditions that happen to be more prevalent or associated with greater morbidity/mortality in one or more disparity populations, without the proposed work itself being directly focused on improving minority health or health disparities (i.e., specific risk/protective factors, disease progression, treatment response, or health outcomes for a particular health condition in one or more health disparity populations).

Applications with foreign components that involve data collection at foreign sites must state how this activity will improve minority health or health disparities in the United States. Applications that do not include this information will be considered non-responsive to this FOA.

Specific Areas of Research Interest
Areas of research interest for this initiative are divided into three areas, social and behavioral research, health services research, and policy research, for the sake of simplicity. It is recognized that these categories are not exclusive and it is expected that many projects will address more than one topic area; it is not required that investigators identify a single area as the focus of their application.

Read the complete funding announcement here.


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