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The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the National Institutes of Health (NIH) effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. In this effort, the NIMHD conducts and supports basic, clinical, social and behavioral research, facilitates the development of research infrastructure and training, fosters emerging programs, and reaches out to racial/ethnic minority and other health disparity communities.

NIMHD particularly serves as the focal point for targeted, hypothesis-driven, patient-oriented research and targeted applied, outcomes- and problem-driven studies that meet at least two of three criteria: (1) participating health disparity population(s) is/are over sampled; (2) the participating health disparity population(s) is/are specifically targeted with or without within-group comparisons; and/or (3) the research focus is within the scope of NIMHD programmatic interests. NIMHD’s programmatic interests include surveillance, explanatory, and translational research in health disparity populations. Specific topics include health promotion and disease prevention and intervention; pathogenic mechanisms underlying escalations in the susceptibility to disease and illness; and health services research - the impact of socioeconomic, cultural, and other environmental factors on health outcomes.

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