Examining the Health Disparities Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health: Unfinished Business
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In the United States, health among racial and ethnic minorities, as well as poor people, is significantly worse than the overall U.S. population. Health disparities are reflected by indices such as excess mortality and morbidity and shorter life expectancy. Examining the Health Disparities Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health is an assessment of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Strategic Research Plan and Budget to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities. It focuses on practical solutions to remedy the state of the current health disparity crisis.

The NIH has played the leading role in conducting extensive research on minority health and health disparities for more than two decades. Although additional research is critical to facilitating a better understanding of the overarching social, economic, educational, and environmental factors that predispose groups to specific diseases and conditions, there is also a great need to translate the existing and new information into best care practices. This means increasing communication with affected populations and their communities. Examining the Health Disparities Research Plan of the National Institutes of Health presents solutions to improving the health disparities nationwide and evaluates the NIH strategy plan designed to actively correct and combat the ongoing health disparities dilemma.


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304 pages | 6 x 9
ISBN: 978-0-309-10121-9

Table of Contents

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Front Matter i-xvi
Executive Summary 1-14
1 Introduction 15-20
2 Health Disparities: Concepts, Measurements, and Understanding 21-33
3 Development and Availability of the Strategic Plan 34-59
4 Budget and Finances 60-71
5 The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities 72-77
6 Management of the Strategic Plan and the Health Disparities Research Program 78-87
References 88-94
Appendix A PUBLIC LAW 106–525—NOV. 22, 2000 95-111
Appendix B Agendas of Open Meetings 112-118
Appendix C List of Participants Providing Testimony or Written Commentary to the Committee 119-120
Appendix D Overview of Health Disparities--Nancy E. Adler, Ph.D. 121-174
Appendix E Schematic Diagram Showing Differences, Disparities, and Discrimination in Health Care 175-175
Appendix F National Institutes of Health NIH Health Strategic Plan Fiscal Years 2004–2008, Volume I 176-214
Appendix G Public Communications and Its Role in Reducing and Eliminating Health Disparities--Kasisomayajula Viswanath, Ph.D. 215-253
Appendix H NIH Committee on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Definitions and Application Methodology 254-271
Appendix I Acronyms 272-273
Appendix J Centers of Excellence Funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, 2005 274-276
Appendix K NCMHD Endowment Program Awardees 277-277
Appendix L Summary of Recommendations 278-279
Appendix M Committee and Staff Biographies 280-290
Index 291-304
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