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Vol. LXV, No. 6
March 15, 2013

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Want to know about some aspect of working at NIH? You can post anonymous queries at (click on the Feedback icon) and we’ll try to provide answers.

Feedback: Was there anything in the “Summit Calls for Accelerated Pace Towards Health Equity” [NIH Record, Feb. 1, 2013, p. 1] that included persons with disabilities or LGBT persons, or will it continue to solely focus on persons of color, as if health care disparities is the reality of all persons of color and only persons of color? Is the NIH involved with Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability: A National Conference, Apr. 25 & 26, 2013, Washington, D.C.?

Response from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities: The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities Summit was a collaboration of several federal agencies involved in efforts to eliminate health disparities. The summit covered issues related to the health of various population groups based on race, gender, class, sexual orientation, disability status and other social classifications underlying the inequitable distribution of social and economic resources and opportunities.

Collaborators included the U.S. Department of Education’s interagency committee on disability research and the HHS LGBT coordinating committee. Sessions were organized under 16 themes and three tracks, covering a range of topics including LGBT populations and persons with disabilities. Selected examples of the sessions addressing LGBT health and/or disability populations included:

C1-05—A New Methodology for Translating Evidence- Based Obesity Prevention Strategies for Youth and Young Adults with Disabilities from Diverse Race/Ethnic Backgrounds

B1-07—The State of the Science in Disability Research and Policy

B1-09—Improving Health of LGBT Population

C1-07—Reducing Health Disparities for Women Veterans: Engaging Diverse Disciplines in Science, Practice and Policy

D1-12—Examining Discrimination and Stereotyping along Multiple Axes

A2-22—Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language and Disability Status

A1-15—Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) and Health Disparities

More information on the summit and these sessions is available at www.nimhd.

And yes, NIMHD has been invited to present at the Health Disparities Research at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity and Disability: A National Conference.

Feedback: What’s the holdup on opening the Rockville Pike North Drive employee entrance and what is the new timetable? It’s several weeks overdue already.

Response from the Office of Research Services and the Office of Research Facilities: This construction project is under the authority of the State Highway Administration (SHA), not NIH. SHA continued to push back the completion date and was unable to provide us with a specific date of completion until recently. As soon as the Office of Research Services and the Office of Research Facilities were aware North Drive was finally available for use by staff, we notified the NIH community and the entrance was reopened on Mar. 6.

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