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Patient-oriented Research to Mitigate Health Disparities and Lessen the Burden of Chronic Diseases

January 2020 Council

Lead Division/Office

DDN, KUH, DEM

Point(s) of Contact

Mary Evans, Ph.D.

Executive Summary

The purpose of this initiative is to conduct person-oriented clinical research studies developing strategies to mitigate health disparities in people with one or more chronic disease/conditions within the mission of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). For the purposes of this initiative, a health disparity is defined according to Healthy People 2020 as a particular type of health difference that is closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. Health disparities adversely affect groups of people who have systematically experienced greater obstacles to health based on their racial or ethnic group; religion; socioeconomic status; gender; age; mental health; cognitive, sensory, or physical disability; sexual orientation or gender identity; geographic location; or other characteristics historically linked to discrimination or exclusion.