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The Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities Is Now an Institute

The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) has been re-designated as an Institute of the National Institutes of Health: the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD). This transition gives the Institute a more defined role in the NIH’s research agenda against health disparities, which it defines as differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific population groups.

The move authorizes the NIMHD to plan, coordinate, review and evaluate all minority health and health disparities research activities conducted and supported by the NIH institutes and centers, and it reaffirms the authority of the NIMHD director as the primary federal official with responsibility for coordinating such activities. Under its previous designation, the center coordinated the health disparities research activities of NIH’s other institutes and centers. The re-designation was made possible by the Affordable Care Act.

For more information, please go to the NIH News Release: http://www.nih.gov/news/health/sep2010/nimhd-27.htm

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