Education, Training and Outreach Programs

NIMHD works to expand the knowledge-base of research on minority health and health disparities through a number of mechanisms, such as research and education collaborations, training programs, and outreach initiatives. These efforts help to further our goals for disseminating research and health information to our many stakeholders, which include academic researchers; health care, public health and public policy professionals; Congress; media professionals; and the general public. Learn more here about how we are supporting biomedical research on minority health and health disparities through our program efforts.

  • CARE Network – The CARE Network will help increase stakeholder engagement by communicating NIMHD’s role in advancing the science of minority health and health disparities.
  • Breathe Better Network – NIMHD is partnering with the National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) in the Breathe Better Network to raise awareness about lung health. The national network is supported by the Learn More Breathe Better program.
  • Healthy Hearts Network – NIMHD is partnering with the Healthy Hearts Network to help increase awareness about heart disease and its risk factors. The national network is supported by The Heart Truth® program initiative and led by NHLBI.
  • Design by Biomedical Undergraduate (DEBUT) Challenge – NIMHD is partnering with the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) on the DEBUT Challenge to undergraduate students to help solve unmet health and clinical problems, with a focus on low-resource settings.
  • Healthy Mind Initiative (HMI) — This initiative creates a collaboration across the federal, county, and community sectors that highlights the importance of mental health literacy among Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) youth and families, with a focus on prevention and early detection. It also aims to address the mental health stigma and cultural barriers to seeking mental health treatment faced by AAPI youth and communities.
  • Science Day for Students at NIH — NIMHD partners with the Mentoring in Medicine, Inc., the Association of American Medical Colleges and others on the annual Science Day at NIH to promote enriching activities that inspire students from disadvantaged communities to consider biomedical research careers.
  • NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute — Each summer on the NIH campus, NIMHD hosts this program which supports the development of individual research projects by promising scientists early in their careers and stimulates research in the disciplines supported by science on minority health and health disparities.
  • Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español — NIMHD is partnering with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and other Federal agencies to promote physical activity and nutrition among Latino youth through Fuel Up to Play 60 en Español, a program coordinated by the GENYOUth through a collaboration between the National Football League, the National Dairy Council and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • Brother, You're on My Mind — Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., and NIMHD have launched Brother, You're on My Mind: Changing the National Dialogue Regarding Mental Health Among African American Men, an initiative to help start conversations about mental health.
  • Celebrating National Minority Health Month — Commemorated every April, National Minority Health Month marks the ongoing effort to reduce health disparities and improve the health status of minority populations.