New NIH research program launched for chronic disease health disparities
This program is dedicated to making strong, ecological progress for resolving chronic diseases that are found in ethnic and racial minority groups; people of a lower socio-economic status; underserved rural populations; and other groups that are typically discriminated against. Health outcomes for these groups are usually connected to social disadvantages.
The program seeks to conduct research about the implementation, creation and distribution of community-based multilevel interventions to fight chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.
“Multilevel interventions that take into account complex interactions between individuals and their environments can better address determinants of health and enhance chronic disease prevention and health promotion for local communities,” NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable said. “Studies in these centers will add to our knowledge of what works in health disparities populations, thus advancing knowledge towards our nation’s health.”
These programs will involve scientists as well as other community leaders in order to find solutions.
“Involving different stakeholders and ensuring community engagement, the new TCC program will create synergized methods to build a healthy community for health disparity populations,” NIMHD Program Officer Dr. Xinzhi Zhang said.