NIMHD seeks input on training in health disparities science

nimhdThe diversity of the U.S. population presents great opportunity but also great challenges. Many populations in America – whether defined by race, ethnicity, immigrant status, disability, sex, gender, or geography – experience higher rates of certain diseases and more deaths and suffering from them compared with the general population. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities leads scientific research to improve the health of these underserved populations.

To that end, NIMHD is working to develop the next generation of health disparities researchers and is seeking input on how to advance and strengthen predoctoral and postdoctoral interdisciplinary training and mentoring programs in health disparities science.

NIMHD invites comments that include, but are not limited, to:

  • Interdisciplinary training, mentorship, and education on methods relevant to health disparities science, including genetics, epidemiology, population science, systems science, health services research, social and behavioral health sciences, public health, environmental science, and other related biological science disciplines for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
  • Research training and mentoring on the social determinants of health, and population-based interventions to improve health and reduce or eliminate health disparities
  • Training in innovative research methods and statistical analyses for complex, multifactorial research inquiry relevant to health disparities
  • Graduate curriculum development designed to foster interdisciplinary thinking and research synergy
  • Integrated training and mentoring among scientific disciplines across the translational research continuum
  • Best practices for establishing partnerships and collaborations with researchers, clinicians, public health agencies, communities, institutions and other stakeholders to improve understanding of health disparities and to translate research findings into policy and practice
  • Recruitment and retention strategies to encourage participation of graduate students from diverse, underrepresented backgrounds

Responses will be accepted through Aug. 24, 2015, and must be submitted via email to