NIMHD seeks input on environment and health disparities

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), a component of the National Institutes of Health, seeks advice from the research and health communities on its plans to establish new Centers of Excellence on Environment and Health Disparities. 

These centers would produce “new evidence-based strategies for alleviating system drivers of racial and socioeconomic disparities in environmentally mediated health outcomes (environmental health) and access to health and sustainable environments.” The centers are expected to involve both biological and behavioral/social scientists and to include a focus on psychosocial stressors.

NIMHD specifically invites input on the following topics:

  1. Research priorities that should be addressed.

  2. Lessons learned on successful strategies, including community engagement, for conducting research on environmental health disparities.

  3. Strategies and opportunities to reduce environmental health disparities through health care provider networks such as community-health centers.

  4. Developing strategies to enhance the translation of scientific knowledge to inform policy, systems change and implementation of environmental health decision-making.

For more information, see the Request for Information (NOT-MD-13-002). The deadline for submitting comments is Nov. 23, 2012.