NIMHD 10th Anniversary Scientific Symposium: Innovations to Promote Health Equity

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET (Registration opens at 8:30 a.m.)

NIH Main Campus
Natcher Conference Center (Building 45)
Ruth Kirschstein Auditorium
NIH Videocast

Program Booklet

The NIMHD 10th Anniversary Scientific Symposium: Innovations to Promote Health Equity will showcase the latest discoveries in minority health and health disparities research. Join us for a day of new insights, dynamic discussions and a look toward the future.

Recent news coverage on topics such as maternal mortality, medication ineffectiveness, vaping, and diet-related cancers reflect both the acknowledgement of disparities in health and health care, and the urgent need to ensure all populations are fully engaged in biomedical research. Leading researchers investigating these and other salient topics will help crystalize and further explore our current knowledge about the determinants of health and their impact on minority health and health disparities. Audience members will engage with panelists to help identify research opportunities and optimal strategies for reducing health disparities among racial/ethnic minorities, persons of disadvantaged socioeconomic status, sexual and gender minorities, and underserved rural residents.

The symposium will feature four panels focused on:

  • Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences
  • Community Health and Population Sciences
  • Clinical and Health Services Research
  • Multidisciplinary Intramural Research at NIMHD

The symposium will close with remarks on future directions for ensuring all populations have an equal opportunity to live long, healthy, and productive lives.

The symposium will be available on NIH Videocast and archived for those unable to attend in person.

Join the social media conversation using #NIMHD2020 and #Innovate4HealthEquity.

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Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Edgar Dews (phone: 301-402-1366) at least five business days before the event.

History Snapshot
NIMHD began in 1990 when the NIH Office of Minority Programs was established in the NIH Office of the Director, at the request of then HHS Secretary Dr. Louis Sullivan. The Office was elevated through three iterations of legislative authority: First, in 1993, it became the Office of Research on Minority Health; in 2000, the Office was elevated to the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and in 2010, the Center was re-designated the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Each transition provided a more defined role in NIH’s research agenda and greater funding authority to address minority health and health disparities. Dr. John Ruffin served as the founding director at each level of the organization. Learn more about the Institute’s history and progress here.

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