NIAMS Celebrates a Milestone in Health Disparities Research
Photos by Ernie Branson
July 18 marked the first anniversary for the NIAMS Community Health Center, NIH's first community-based clinic devoted specifically to health disparities research in rheumatic diseases.
To celebrate, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases held a reception that included community leaders from the greater Washington area; medical experts from area hospitals and academic institutions; NIH staff; NIAMS advisory council members; and staff and patients of Unity Health Care, Inc.
Through a partnership with Unity, which includes a $1-per-year rental of a medical suite in one of their health centers, NIAMS connects with the local African American and Hispanic/Latino communities, two groups disproportionately affected by some rheumatic diseases. The health center serves as a training facility for researchers, physicians and students interested in rheumatology and minority health. It also provides the local community with access to specialty care, clinical studies and health information, as well as employment and training opportunities. The center is located at 3020 14th Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20009. For more information, call (202) 673-0000.
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