NIH Awards $65M To Address Racial Health Disparities
NIH's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities has awarded $65.1 million to facilitate health disparities research and eliminate disparities among racial and ethnic minorities and people who are medically underserved, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced on Friday. NCMHD granted $20 million to four institutions to conduct research on health disparities; $32 million to 33 biomedical and behavioral research programs to support health disparities research under the Centers of Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training project; $4.8 million to five biomedical and behavioral health research centers under the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions program; and $8.3 million to 148 health professionals under the Loan Repayment Programs. Thompson said, "These awards reinforce our continuing commitment to eliminate health disparities experienced by traditionally disadvantaged populations across the nation. Our comprehensive effort to close the health gap among minorities continues to strengthen our nation's health care safety net and provide more health services to more Americans." NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni said, "Broadening collaborative relationships developed through partnerships between NIH and institutions and researchers from all populations is necessary to advance progress that will translate scientific discovery into tangible health benefits for all Americans" (HHS release, 10/10). A complete list of all institutional grant recipients can be found online.This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.