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NIAID Health Disparities Strategic Research Plan for FY 09 – 13

The NIAID research portfolio to help improve minority health and reduce health disparities has grown in recent years in response to new and continuing challenges related to infectious and immune-mediated diseases that disproportionately affect certain populations. NIAID’s strategic plan for fiscal years 2009 to 2013 identifies scientific priorities and areas of emphasis in research capacity, training, and outreach to target populations, including racial and ethnic minorities, those of low socioeconomic status (SES), and rural communities that are more likely to suffer higher rates of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and mortality.

Scientific Priorities

  • Advance understanding of the development and progression of diseases and conditions within NIAID’s research purview for which health disparities often are an issue. Read more about health disparities.
  • Promote research to inform screening, diagnosis, and interventions for target populations to determine how to triage various groups (e.g., persons who are immune-compromised, chronic carriers, or more highly susceptible) for appropriate prevention, treatment, and education strategies. Read about NIAID’s collaborative efforts to research immune tolerance disorders.
  • Strengthen basic research and product development efforts to advance prevention, diagnostic, and treatment strategies, including those aimed at developing new and more broadly protective vaccines. Read more about NIAID vaccine research.
  • Identify innovative and practical approaches to access, enroll, and study diverse populations in clinical and epidemiological research. Read more about clinical research at NIAID.
  • Attract and develop the next generation of talented researchers to engage in basic, preclinical, and clinical research with emphasis on scientists and clinicians who understand health disparities. Read more about NIAID-funded training programs.
  • Enable the study of diseases that contribute to health disparities in the United States and take a tremendous toll on global health. Read about NIAID’s role in global research.
  • Support and encourage collaborations among scientists and participation in the extensive network of international and domestic partnerships of scientists, governments, industry, and non-government organizations to further develop and advance research capacity in the United States and in resource-poor nations. Read more about partnering with NIAID.
  • Develop evidence-based health-related information that addresses risk factors as well as prevention, diagnosis, and treatment strategies to reduce or eliminate immune-mediated and infectious diseases, and tailor the messages and the dissemination of materials to the communities and populations at highest risk for the adverse consequences of these diseases and conditions.

Areas of Emphasis in Research Capacity, Training, and Outreach

  • Expand capability for health sciences research in historically black colleges and universities and resource-limited institutions to strengthen and enhance faculty and physical resources for conducting medical and behavioral research.
  • Ensure that a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available to conduct research on infectious and immune-mediated diseases, with an emphasis on eliminating health disparities. Read about training and career opportunities at NIAID.
  • Train scientists from underrepresented populations in biomedical research through the NIAID Division of Intramural Research (DIR). Read more about DIR training opportunities for minorities and training in NIAID labs.
  • Build and maintain strong community outreach with populations at risk for health disparities, including those most affected by HIV/AIDS. Read more about NIAID efforts to engage minorities populations in HIV/AIDS research.
  • Enhance digital communications methods to disseminate health information to individuals and populations at disproportionate risk for infectious and immune-mediated diseases. Read about NIAID’s new media and online tools.
  • Launch a coordinated multidisciplinary, multifaceted, and integrated approach to reduce HIV/AIDS infections. Read about NIAID’s community outreach activities related to HIV/AIDS.

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Last Updated May 09, 2011

Last Reviewed May 09, 2011