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The NIMHD envisions an America in which all populations will have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy and productive lives.


The mission of NIMHD is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To accomplish this, NIMHD:
  • Plans, reviews, coordinates, and evaluates all minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health
  • Conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities
  • Promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce
  • Translates and disseminates research information
  • Fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships

Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox to serve as Acting Director of NIMHD

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) announces the appointment of Dr. Yvonne T. Maddox, Ph.D., as NIMHD’s acting director. This appointment follows Dr. John Ruffin’s announcement last month of his retirement from federal service and as director of NIMHD after 24 years. (more)

April is National Minority Health Month

National Minority Health Month serves to bring awareness about improving minority health and eliminating health disparities. In accordance with this year’s theme, “Prevention is Power: Taking Action for Health Equity,” across the country, the NIH and the various HHS agencies are supporting several projects and initiatives focused on strategies and actions leading to health equity. (more)

Register for the NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course

The annual NIMHD Translational Health Disparities Course draws a diverse group of health care and public health professionals, researchers, scientists and members of community- and faith-based organizations seeking research tools to combat health disparities. This year, the course will take place August 11, 2014 to August 22, 2014 on the NIH campus. (more)

NIMHD Director Retires from Federal Service

John Ruffin, PhD, announces his retirement from federal service and as director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities after almost 24 years at the helm. (more)

NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series

Dr. Kris Marsh

Dr. K. Marsh

Dr. Rashawn Ray

Dr. R. Ray

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) welcomes Dr. Kris Marsh and Dr. Rashawn Ray as the featured speakers for the NIH Health Disparities Seminar on May 15, 2014. The presentation title is “Forging a Research Program on the Health of the Black Middle Class.” (more)

NIMHD Launches "The Health Disparities Pulse" Newsletter

NIMHD Newsletter

NIMHD announces the release of The Health Disparities Pulse, a newsletter for the health disparities community that covers a wide array of topics, issues and information pertaining to minority health and health disparities research and activities.

Health Disparities Summit Calls for Accelerated Pace toward Health Equity

Congressman Louis Stokes

The 2012 Science of Eliminating Health Disparities summit was a success! Thousands attended and over one hundred presented new findings and bold ideas including leaders from across the fields of science, policy, and practice. The opening ceremony honored former Congressman Louis Stokes for his dedication to ending health disparities. (more)

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