Hhs Awards $56 Million To Eliminate Health Disparities
The awarding of $56.9 million by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)has been announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The funds support the advancement of health disparities research and the elimination of health disparities among racial and ethnic minority and medically underserved communities.
The NCMHD was designated by the Congress to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH research effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities as they affect racial and ethnic communities and medically underserved individuals.
“The NIH continues to lead the nations scientific discovery,” according to NIH Director Dr. Elias Zerhouni. “The innovative biomedical, behavioral, and social sciences research at NIH will help to identify cutting-edge diagnostics, treatments, and preventive strategies to address this public health crisis.”
“The NCMHD continues to strengthen partnerships between the NIH and institutions and individuals engaged in health disparities research to build the inclusive, collaborative biomedical and behavioral research enterprise we need to win the fight to eliminate health disparities,” said Dr. John Ruffin, Director, NCMHD. “Presently, the national reach of the NCMHD extends to more than 100 institutions and more than 600 individuals that have received awards to train for health professions careers, conduct health disparities research, build research capacity, and advance outreach efforts.”
The following fiscal year (FY) 2005 awards were made by the NCMHD: * New NCMHD Community-Based Participatory Research Program (CBPR) awards totaling $12 million have been made to 25 institutions. The CBPR aims to develop effective community-based participatory research programs, which will accelerate both the translation of research advances to health disparity communities and the elimination of health disparities. Key research areas in which NCMHD community partners will engage include cancer, cardiovascular diseases, child health improvement, diabetes, HIV/AIDS and obesity.
* Awards totaling $15.9 million have been made to four institutions under the NCMHD Research Endowment Program for the purpose of facilitating minority health disparities research and other health disparities research. The activities of the institutions involve strengthening teaching programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences; establishing endowed chairs and programs; obtaining state-of-the-art equipment for instruction and research; and enhancing the recruitment and retention of student and faculty from health disparity populations.
* New awards totaling $8 million have been made to five academic institutions under the NCMHD Centers of Excellence in Partnerships for Community Outreach, Research on Health Disparities and Training (Project EXPORT) Program. Awards support the establishment of new university partnerships; new partnerships between universities and health disparity community organizations; innovative basic and intervention research studies on breast, prostate, and pancreatic cancers, human papillomavirus (HPV), human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), diabetes, cultural resilience, adolescent risk behaviors, cardiovascular disease; and training programs to increase the number of individuals from health disparity populations entering the health professions and conducting research on health disparities.
* Awards totaling $10.7 million have been issued to 244 qualified health professionals under the NCMHD Loan Repayment Programs. These programs promote a diverse and strong scientific workforce, alleviating the financial barriers that often discourage many talented health professionals from health disparity, medically underserved and disadvantaged communities from pursuing a research career. The Loan Repayment Programs provide loan repayment of up to $35,000 per year to qualified doctoral degree professionals in exchange for two years of service in health disparities research or clinical research.
* Awards totaling $5.4 million have been made to 24 institutions under the NCMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program in partnership with the Fogarty International Center. The MHIRT Program supports innovative programs that offer international research training opportunities to qualified undergraduate, graduate, and health professions students who are from health disparities populations and/or are underrepresented in basic science, biomedical, clinical, or behavioral health research career fields. Awards will support research on subjects such as epidemiology of dengue fever, neurobiology, molecular and immunological aspects of tropical medicine and parasitology, virology, drug design and antibiotics, and public health and immigrant health. Students will travel and work with investigators in countries such as Mexico, Uganda, Ghana, Australia, Peru, Spain and South Africa.
* New awards totaling $3.8 million have been made to five minority-serving institutions under the NCMHD Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) Program. The RIMI Program focuses on building research capacity in predominantly minority-serving academic institutions that offer one or more associate, baccalaureate, and/or masters degrees in the life sciences, behavioral sciences, and/or other health-related areas.
* Awards totaling $1.1 million have been made to six small business concerns under the Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) program. These programs are designed for small business concerns to engage in federal research with the potential for commercialization; and, to develop and facilitate cooperative research and development between small business concerns and research institutions in the United States, with the potential for commercialization.