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