NIH Announcement: Sexual and Gender Minorities Formally Designated as a Health Disparity Population for Research Purposes
Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) recently announced that sexual and gender minorities (SGMs) have been formally designated as a health disparity population for NIH research. As defined in the message from Dr. Pérez-Stable, "the term SGM encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations, as well as those whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or reproductive development varies from traditional, societal, cultural, or physiological norms."
The Fall 2016 issue of CBE-Life Sciences Education published by The American Society for Cell Biology with its editorial partner The Genetics Society of America is devoted to the topic of "Broadening Participation In The Life Sciences: Current Landscape And Future Directions". This comprehensive edition contains features from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, as well as over 25 articles dealing with all facets of this topic.
Check it out!
On the nih.gov website:
"The Women of Color (WOC) Committee of the NIH Working Group on Women in Biomedical Careers recognizes that women of color may face unique challenges to entering and advancing in biomedical careers...The WoCRn was created to provide women of color and supporters of their advancement in the biomedical sciences information about the NIH grants process, advice on career development, and a venue or forum for networking and sharing information."
There are eight NIH Loan Repayment Programs, five for researchers not employed by NIH (Extramural) and three for researchers employed by NIH (Intramural). Please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page, and the LRP Information Center (866-849-4047; firstname.lastname@example.org) is available to help with general eligibility concerns.
Extramural Researchers (Not Employed by NIH)
Applicants need to decide which of the five Extramural LRPs most appropriately matches to their general research area. For example, one program focuses on Contraception and Infertility Research. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the summary descriptions of each of the LRPs below.
For the Clinical Research and Pediatric Research LRPs, individuals are given the option to indicate a preferred NIH Institute or Center (IC) for peer review. For help determining IC match, applicants should contact the appropriate LRP IC Liaison(s). It is recommended that applicants read the Mission and LRP Research Priorities Statements for each of the NIH ICs in order to determine the best match. A list of LRP IC Liaisons, IC Mission Statements, and LRP Research Priorities Statements can be found on the Contact & Engage page.
Intramural Researchers (Employed by NIH)
Applicants should contact their direct supervisor to determine if their position qualifies for the Intramural LRPs.
Applicants, in consultation with their supervisor, will determine which Intramural LRP is most appropriately matched to their research.
Webinar hosted by the Federal Interagency Health Equity Team
Presenters will: 1) Describe components of a “health equity lens” used to analyze proposed state legislation; 2) Articulate opportunities and challenges to applying a “health equity lens”; and 3) Share examples of training and resource materials.
DATE: September 22, 2016
TIME: 2:00-3:00 pm CT / 3:00-4:00 pm ET
Drs. Karen E. Bouye, Karl J. McCleary, and Kevin B. Williams recently published an article entitled: "Increasing Diversity In The Health Professions: Reflections On Student Pipeline Programs" in the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities.
Here is the abstract of their paper:
Despite major advances and technological improvements in public health and medicine, health disparities persist by race and ethnicity, income and educational attainment, and in some cases are increasing ( Jackson & Garcia, 2014). These health disparities among these populations have even worsened or remained about the same since the landmark 1985 Report of the Secretary’s Task Force on Black & Minority Health released by then Secretary Margaret M. Heckler. Ensuring diverse public health and healthcare workforces to provide services to diverse populations, in combination with other strategies, can increase access to and quality of healthcare for vulnerable populations and decrease healthcare disparities. One mechanism for achieving a diverse public health and healthcare workforce is to establish, promote, and conduct student training programs in public health. The Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has partnered with institutions, colleges, universities, foundations, national organizations and associations to form and implement student training programs. This paper highlights a session “Public Health Professions Enhancement Programs” that was held during the 2015 symposium titled “National Negro Health Week to National Minority Health Month: 100 Years of Moving Public Health Forward” in Atlanta, Georgia. Presenters at the symposium consisted of interns and fellows who had participated in student programs in the Office of Minority Health and Health Equity at the CDC.
To download a copy of the journal issue that includes this article, click this link.
The Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-Related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12 – United States and Selected Sites, 2015. This report can be found on the YRBS website at www.cdc.gov/yrbs.
The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released a new study on lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) youth. The study, “Sexual Identity, Sex of Sexual Contacts, and Health-related Behaviors Among Students in Grades 9-12—United States and Selected Sites, 2015,” was published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
Visit the CDC Web site to learn more about this national study and the 2015 YRBS results.
During Men’s Health Month, the Office of Minority Health of the US Department of Health and Human Services is raising awareness about health disparities that affect boys and men of color.
Click the link below to find more information concerning:
The Office of Minority Health announces the U-VDC Grant Writing Training program.
Learn to write winning grants and build sustainable partnerships to improve minority health!
Best for junior level faculty, researchers and health professional staff working in minority health.
June 28-29, 2016
Alabama State University
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