Help NIH formulate a science vision for health disparities research

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The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is embarking on a scientific planning process in collaboration with other NIH Institutes and Centers to define a vision that will guide the development of the science of health disparities research for the next decade.  The NIMHD serves as the focal point at the NIH for the conduct of research, research training, capacity-building and outreach dissemination of minority health and health disparities.  In pursuit of its mission, the NIMHD promotes and supports research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities, as well as plans, leads, coordinates, and assesses the efforts of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), as a whole, to reduce and eliminate health disparities.  NIMHD employs a multi-faceted strategy to conduct and support research in basic, clinical, social, and behavioral sciences; disseminate information; promote research infrastructure and training; foster emerging programs; and extend its reach to health disparity communities.

The NIH is committed to ensuring that health disparities research efforts continue to build on technological advances and scientific breakthroughs.  To set a transformational agenda for health disparities science for the next decade, the NIMHD is leading a process of science visioning to (1) define a vision to guide the development of the science of health disparities research for the next decade, building on the current best knowledge, and (2) identify some of the key research areas that should be given high priority because knowledge in those areas might inform translational efforts that could have a significant impact on reducing health disparities.

As part of the science vision planning efforts, the NIH is seeking input from stakeholders and the general public.

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