|NIAMS at 20 — Health
Many of the diseases within the mission of NIAMS affect women
and minorities disproportionately, both in increased numbers and
increased severity. Some examples include lupus, osteoarthritis,
scleroderma, fibromyalgia and vitiligo. The institute is particularly
focused on reducing health disparities through innovative programs
in research, training and education:
- Genetic and risk-factor studies, research registries and more
extensive undertakings like the Osteoarthritis Initiative and
the Lupus in Minority Populations: Nature vs. Nurture (LUMINA)
study all help to expand our understanding of health disparities.
- The NIAMS community-based medical research initiative, the
Health Partnership Program, aims to better understand the morbidity
and mortality associated with arthritis and other rheumatic diseases,
primarily in the African-American and Hispanic/Latino communities
in the metropolitan area.
- The NIAMS-initiated Collaborative Arthritis and Musculoskeletal
and Skin Diseases Sciences Award supports research collaborations
between investigators at institutions with substantial minority
enrollment and scientists at research-intensive institutions.
- Our comprehensive program of information dissemination targets
minority populations through a Spanish web site, toll-free information
line, non-English and bilingual health information publications
and special outreach efforts to African-American, Hispanic/Latino,
Asian, Native American and Alaska Native communities.
Health disparities research and education are critical to our
mission success. NIAMS will continue to collaborate with the Office
of Research on Women's Health and the National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities, and to seek new and innovative ways
to discover, understand and eliminate health differences affecting
America's many populations.
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