NIMHD Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2021

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NIMHD Quarterly Newsletter: Fall 2021

In This Issue

  • Director’s Message
  • COVID-19 Updates
  • Press Releases and News Announcements
  • Recent Features
  • Research Spotlights
  • Recent Activities
  • On the Blog
  • Funding Opportunities and Notices
  • Recent Staff Publications
  • Upcoming Events and Deadlines

Director’s Message

Dr Eliseo Perez Stable

It has been 20 months since this pandemic began impacting our daily lives in unprecedented ways. I hope you were all able to enjoy the summer and fall in some way, whether it was spending quality time with your family and friends or simply taking time off to relax and recharge. I trust that you and your family will continue to stay safe and healthy. The marathon is far from over although we have made progress.

Just a few months ago, there was a sliver of hope that we could start putting this pandemic behind us, but that has been shattered by the Delta variant and persistent misinformation and disinformation. At NIMHD, we are continuing to fight misinformation—a public health hazard noted by our Surgeon General. For example, we recently awarded funds to five institutions to carry out COVID-19 vaccine uptake research among adults. I want to thank the scientific community for your extraordinary dedication and efforts to help address vaccine hesitancy and promote vaccine uptake in our communities. Recently, the Kaiser Family Foundation national survey indicated that 70% of African Americans, 71% of Whites and 73% of Latinos had received at least one vaccine dose against COVID-19. We have made progress!

In this newsletter issue, you will learn about Dr. Gargya Malla, who joined NIMHD from the University of Alabama as a new research fellow to help support our efforts to address COVID-19 disparities. Congratulations to this deserving scholar! This is exciting news because the fellowship opportunity was made possible by a generous donation from the Judy and Peter Blum-Kovler Foundation through the Foundation for the NIH, the first philanthropic gift that NIMHD has ever received.

Additionally, I’m excited to highlight that our formal reorganization is now official. It’s been a long process traversing multiple clearances after receiving Congressional authorization to reorganize. NIMHD scientific programs now formally are distributed among three divisions as our Institute is growing in number and budget, and with these developments, we expect a significant boost to our health equity and minority health research efforts. Look for some of the recent developments in this issue.

We have reached a point of opportunity to advance the field of health equity research like no other in the past 40 years. NIMHD will depend on your creativity and persistence to make the best of this opportunity and make real change. NIMHD is making a lot of strides and I deeply appreciate everyone’s flexibility and unwavering commitment in the time of COVID-19. 



COVID-19 Updates

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NIMHD COVID-19 Communications

NIMHD leaders are active in promoting key NIMHD, NIH and public health messages around COVID-19 response to researchers, policy makers, the press and the public and others. A sample of events are below. Visit the NIMHD COVID-19 Communications page to access these and more:  

Access these and more: visit the NIMHD COVID-19 Communications page

Building Health Equity in Latinx Communities: Advancing Innovation to Eliminate Health Disparities

Building Health Equity in Latinx Communities Featured Speaker: Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable

Dr. Pérez-Stable joined the Latino Coalition Against COVID-19 and Saludcontech on August 5 for a segment of the Building Health Equity in Latinx Communities Virtual Town Hall Series. The discussion focused on digital health equity and how COVID-19 has amplified health disparities. Learn more

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Presents: We Can Do This Live with Tenoch Huerta and Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable

photos of Tenoch Huerta Mejia and Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D.

On August 2, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) We Can Do This educational campaign hosted a discussion on the importance of the COVID-19 vaccines with Mexican actor Tenoch Huerta and NIMHD Director, Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable.

Watch the full discussion

Dr. Webb-Hooper Discusses Community COVID Activities at 122nd Advisory Committee to the Director

CEAL collage: Diverse men, women and children

NIMHD Deputy Director Dr. Monica Webb Hooper was recently featured along with other NIH leaders in an article covering the 122nd ACD Meeting June 10-11, where she provided an update with colleagues on the Community Engagement Research Alliance (CEAL). Other topics included ARPA-H and UNITE.

Read the article


New Publication - COVID-19 and Schools: The Year in Review and a Path Forward

cover of the report COVID-19 and Schools: The Year in Review and a Path Forward

The ABC Science Collaborative recently issued a new report showing that North Carolina schools were highly successful in preventing the transmission of COVID-19 within school buildings. The NIMHD-cofunded report’s analysis of data from March through June 2021 offers key takeaways to help school leaders and policymakers limit COVID-19 spread and plan a path forward for safely resuming in-person instruction during the 2021-2022 school year. Read the report

Newsletter from the Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities

NIH’s Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities focuses on addressing misinformation and engaging trusted partners to reach communities hit hard by COVID-19. Get the latest news about online events and shareable resources about COVID-19 and related vaccines. Subscribe to the bi-weekly eNewsletter today! Learn more

Press Releases and News Announcements

Dr. Perez-Stable Appeared on Washington Post Live

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. at desk

November 10, 2021 — When it comes to scientific and early-stage medical research in the United States, equity is still an issue. In fact, African Americans, Asians, Latinos and Native Americans are vastly underrepresented in research and trials.

Dr. Pérez-Stable joined other medical experts on Washington Post Live for a discussion on how to combat health equity issues in medical research, diversify clinical trials, and improve responses to patient experiences.

Watch now

NIH Leaders Receive Prestigious Service to America Medal

Sammies Award Ceremony

Oct. 28, 2021 — NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Director and NHLBI Director Dr. Gary H. Gibbons have been awarded the 2021 COVID-19 Response Medal, one of the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (also known as the Sammies), presented by the Partnership for Public Service. Drs. Pérez-Stable and Gibbons are recognized in the COVID-19 Response category for their work developing and implementing federal programs to increase testing and participation in COVID-19 treatment and vaccine trials in underserved communities across the country. This award was created this year to recognize outstanding federal workers who played important roles in the government’s response to the pandemic.

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NIMHD Awards New Multiple Chronic Diseases Centers and One Research Coordinating Center

Oct. 15, 2021 — NIMHD has awarded funds to 11 research institutions to establish and support regional comprehensive research centers on the prevention, treatment, and management of comorbid chronic diseases that disproportionately affect populations with health disparities.

These Multiple Chronic Disease (MCD) Centers received grants, totaling almost $205 million including funds committed over a five-year period, that will facilitate research on chronic diseases including obesity, diabetes, hypertension, coronary heart disease, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, stroke, and certain cancers.

To coordinate activities across all the MCD Centers, NIMHD has also awarded $4.5 million and committed $18 million more over a five-year period to establish a Research Coordinating Center (RCC). Read more

Chronic Disease Prevention

Dr. Gargya Malla Selected for Judy and Peter Blum Kovler Foundation Intramural Fellowship Award

photo of Dr. Gargya Malla

September 23, 2021 — NIMHD announces a new research fellow joining its Division of Intramural Research and supporting research efforts to address COVID-19 health disparities.

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NIH COVID-19 Testing Initiative Funds Additional Research Projects to Safely Return Children to In-Person School

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July 2, 2021 — The RADx Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program will provide additional funding of up to $15 million for five projects to identify ways of safely returning students and staff to in-person school in areas with vulnerable and underserved populations.

Read more

NIMHD Funds Vaccine Hesitancy Research With a Focus on COVID-19

COVID Vaccine

June 4, 2021 — Five grants awarded to address vaccine hesitancy and uptake among populations who experience health disparities with community engagement approach.

Read more

Recent Features

Conversations with Principal Investigators at Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMIs)

This year, as part of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month (May 1 - May 31), Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15), and Native American Heritage Month (November 1 - November 31), NIMHD featured community-engaged researchers at institutions that are historically committed to training populations underrepresented in science.

Julie A. Baldwin

Julie A. Baldwin, Ph.D.

Regents’ Professor and Director, Center for Health Equity Research

PI, Southwest Health Equity Research Collaborative, Northern Arizona University

Flagstaff, Arizona

Read the conversation with Dr. Baldwin


Renato J. Aguilera, Ph.D.

Biological Sciences Professor, University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)

Director, Research Infrastructure Core and Cellular Characterization and Biorepository Unit, Border Biomedical Research Center, UTEP

El Paso, Texas 

Read the conversation with Dr. Aguilera

Guadalupe Ayala

Guadalupe X. Ayala, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, San Diego State University (SDSU)

Co-Director, SDSU HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities Research

Director, Institute for Behavioral and Community Health

Read the conversation with Dr. Ayala

Noreen Makau

Noreen Mokuau, D.S.W.

Multiple Principal Investigator, NIMHD-funded RCMI U54 Ola HAWAII

John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Inaugural Co-Chair, Barbara Cox Anthony Endowment on Aging

Retired Dean and Professor Emerita, Thompson School of Social Work and Public Health

University of Hawaii at Manoa

Honolulu, Hawaii

Read the conversation with Dr. Mokuau

Portrait Shafique Khan

Shafiq A. Khan, Ph.D.

Professor and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar

Director, Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development

Principal Investigator, NIH/RCMI Program

Clark Atlanta University,

Atlanta, Georgia

Read the conversation with Dr. Khan

NIH Rwandan Fellow Dr. Ishimwe Studies Abnormal Glucose Tolerance in Africans

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For the fifth year in a row, the NIH-Rwandan Health Program, supported by NIMHD and NIDDK, contributed to training clinical researchers from Rwanda at the NIH campus. This year, Dr. Sage Ishimwe built upon the work of her prior colleagues—searching for more equitable, cost-effective diagnosis solutions for type 2 diabetes in African populations.

Read more

Community Input Helps Tennessee Address COVID-19 Disparities


Tennessee CEAL research team uses community-engaged research to address misinformation and mistrust among diverse populations from rural Appalachia to Music City.

Read the feature article

Racial and Ethnic Health Care Disparities Research in Minnesota Nursing Homes Speaks to Our Times

Nursing Home Feature

Amid political protests and a pandemic, Dr. Tetyana Shippee and her team at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health investigate racial disparities and quality of life for nursing home and long-term care facility residents.

Read the feature article

The Georgia CEAL Team: Putting Communities at the Center of Public Health to Address COVID-19 Disparities


The Georgia CEAL research team is working with community leaders and residents to provide accurate COVID-19 and vaccine information to thousands of people.

Read the feature article

Research Spotlights

COVID-19 Vaccination Intent in Adults in Puerto Rico is High, but Concerns Remain

older man receiving vaccination in right shoulder from health care worker

NIMHD study finds COVID-19 vaccination intent is high in Puerto Rico but identifies key factors influencing uncertainty that need to be addressed. Read more

In-Hospital Stroke Mortality is Associated with Day of Admittance and Type of Stroke

RSpot Weekend Effect

NIMHD-funded study finds that in-hospital patient mortality due to stroke is higher on weekends and in rural hospitals and associated with the type of stroke. Read more

Anti-Black Violence Is Associated with Poor Mental Health for Black Americans

rspot mental health

NIMHD-funded study finds that news coverage and legal decisions related to anti-Black violence are linked with poor mental health in Black Americans. Read more

Telehealth Counseling for Older Adults With Depressive Symptoms

Rspot telehealth metadata

A clinical trial shows that remote behavioral therapy by lay counselors can help improve access to treatment for depression in homebound older adults. Read more

HIV Prevention in Teens and Perceived Parental Support

Rspot HIV

Fear of their parents’ reactions may discourage adolescent men who have sex with men from using PrEP to prevent HIV infection, a recent study shows. Read more

Recent NIMHD Activities

RADx-UP CDC Rapid Research Pilot Program Receiving Applications Through December 10

Attention researchers, innovators, and community institutions! The NIH-funded RADx-UP Rapid Research Pilot Program supports new technologies for COVID-19 testing in vulnerable communities. The program provides $200,000 in direct costs and is open to universities and nonprofits both within and outside of the RADx-UP network.

Apply by December 10

Design by Biomedical Undergraduate (DEBUT) Challenge: 2021 Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings Prize Winner Announced

The NIMHD-sponsored $15,000 prize for Healthcare Technologies for Low-Resource Settings aims to challenge the next generation of biomedical engineers to focus their attention on specific healthcare needs among underserved populations, who may benefit from innovative solutions.

This year’s winner:

Lehigh University, Pennsylvania

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Screening Device

Heidi Shen, Katie Goettle, Alice Chen, Laura Duffany, Wei Ngai, Tom Perillo, Tiffany Pang, for


The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) Screening Device is an inexpensive, point-of-care sickle cell disease device/tool designed to be implemented in low-to-middle income healthcare settings. Modeled after the common pregnancy test, the goal is to lower the high rate of infant death due to SCD.

Watch a video on Lehigh University’s SCD Screen Device

Read about the DEBUT winning projects

National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities—58th Meeting

NACMHD: Group of people around a conference table

At the Council’s September 10 meeting, Dr. Pérez-Stable presented the Director’s Report; NINR Director Shannon N. Zenk, Ph.D., MPH, RN, FAAN presented “Vision for NINR Nursing Science;” and Council member Michael Cohen-Wolkowiez, M.D., Ph.D., presented “Researchers and community leaders standing together against COVID-19.” In addition, several NIMHD staff members introduced new research concepts on minority health and health disparities for clearance by the Advisory Council. Watch the videocast

Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI)

Sixty-two scholars from 28 U.S. states and Argentina attended NIMHD’s Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) virtually August 9-13, 2021, which covered a wide array of research topics, including how COVID has highlighted the social and racial inequities in health and the need to conduct cutting edge, transdisciplinary research to address these disparities. HDRI scholars also learned about navigating the NIH, grant writing, and peer review. 

Applications will open for the next HDRI in early 2022. Interested parties should sign up for NIMHD Updates listserv.

Dr. Allana Forde, Presents Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) 2021 Seminar

Dr. Allana Forde

Allana T. Forde, Ph.D., MPH, is a Stadtman Tenure-Track Investigator and an NIH Distinguished Scholar in the NIMHD Division of Intramural Research.

Motivated by the stark racial and ethnic disparities in health, Dr. Forde’s research focuses on the stressors that are more frequently experienced by people from racial and ethnic minority populations and the impact that these stressors have on health and health disparities across the life course. She is particularly interested in examining how stressors such as discrimination contribute to cardiovascular disease and risk factors for cardiovascular disease, with a specific focus on African American, Afro-Caribbean and Afro-Latinx populations.

HDIG/NIMHD DIR Seminar on “Structural Racism: The Roots & Relations of Inequality”

Dr. Gilbert Gee

Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. His research focuses on the social determinants of health inequities of racial, ethnic, and immigrant minority populations using a multi-level and life course perspective. A primary line of his research focuses on understanding how racism affects health across multiple levels and across the life course.

Learn more and watch the seminar

Podcast: Envisioning a New Dawn for Minority Health

Speak of Science with Dr. Napoles

When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, racial and ethnic minority groups were disproportionately hit. Those health inequities pulled at the seams of a system that was already frayed. Dr. Anna Nápoles works to close gaps in health care as the first Latina scientific director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She is reducing the types of hurdles that once hindered her parents so that all populations can live long, healthy, and productive lives.

Listen to the podcast

NIMHD Director's Seminar Series

The NIMHD Director’s Seminar Series (DSS) highlights novel research discoveries by prominent researchers who are advancing the science of minority health and health disparities.

Portrait Dr. Trinh-Shevrin

Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

Professor, Department of Population Health

Professor, Department of Medicine

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Achieving Health Equity for Asian Americans: Research, Policy, and Action

Learn more and watch the videocast

NIH Leaders Detail Commitment to End Structural Racism in Biomedical Science in Cell Commentary

Unite Dr. Collins

A recent commentary in Cell co-authored by Drs. Webb Hooper and Napoles along with Dr. Collins and other scientists, administrators, staff and leaders from the National Institutes of Health outlines a framework for how NIH’s recently launched UNITE initiative will work to end structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise. The article details current and future actions being undertaken at NIH to create a more equitable ecosystem across biomedical science.

To learn more, please visit the NIH website on ending structural racism and read the commentary in Cell

NIMHD Researchers Featured in Women’s Health in Focus at NIH

Beda Jean-Francois, Ph.D., and Gina Roussos, Ph.D., are featured in a new issue of Women’s Health in Focus at NIH, a publication by the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH). They both contributed to the feature story, which highlights NIH’s recent efforts to improve maternal health and obstetric safety and address health disparities.

Read the article, “Federal Health Services Address Maternal Health, Obstetric Safety, and Associated Disparities”

Dr. Spero M. Manson Awarded NAM Sarnat Prize for Improving Mental Health Care and Services for AI/AN Communities

Dr. Manson

Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., M.A., (Pembina Chippewa) received the 2021 Rhoda and Bernard Sarnat International Prize in Mental Health, consisting of a medal and $20,000, for his 43-year career dedicated to improving the mental health of American Indians and Alaska Natives, on October 17 from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

Read the announcement

Dr. Mario De La Rosa Appointed as Endowed University Professor at Florida International University

Mario De La Rosa, Ph.D., was appointed as an Endowed University Professor in Health Equity at Florida International University’s Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work. This endowment is supported by the NIH $9.5M endowment award that has helped to establish a robust health disparities research and training program at FIU.

Study Evaluates a Trust-Based Intervention to Increase Minority Enrollment in Clinical Trials

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Clinical trials of health interventions often lack racial and ethnic diversity among participants.

In an NIMHD-funded project, researchers tested an intervention to build trust among minority individuals, their health care providers, and medical researchers in four large, multi-site clinical trials. Results indicated that trust-based strategies improved minority enrollment in 3 of the 4 clinical trials. Read the article

Study Reveals That Ultraprocessed Foods Comprise 2/3 of Calories Consumed by U.S. Youth, with Disparities by Race and Ethnicity

The calories that U.S. children and adolescents consumed from ultraprocessed foods jumped from 61% to 67% of total caloric intake from 1999 to 2018, according to a new study from researchers at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University published August 10, 2021 in JAMA, supported by NIMHD and the São Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP). There was a significantly larger increase in the consumption of ultraprocessed foods among non-Hispanic Blacks (10.3%) and Mexican Americans (7.6%) than non-Hispanic Whites (5.2%).

Read the article

Paper Examines Food Insecurity During the Early Pandemic Among Households with Food Allergy or Celiac Disease

COVID-19-Related Food Insecurity Among Households with Dietary Restrictions: A National Survey is a new paper partly funded by NIMHD in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, from Dr. Stacy Lindau’s CRx-Hunger Lab at The University of Illinois Chicago.

Learn more

Researchers Challenge The Notion That Hepatic Steatosis Is More Common In Hispanics

Researchers at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, Ohio University and University of Florida published an article partly funded by NIMHD in Hepatology Communications entitled “Reassessment of the Hispanic disparity: hepatic steatosis is more prevalent in Mexican Americans than other Hispanics.”

Read the article

Three NIMHD-Funded Articles Published in "Scholars of Color" Special Issue in the Health Education & Behavior Journal

The SOPHE (Society for Public Health Education) Special Issue: Scholars of Color in Health Education & Behavior featuring 14 peer-reviewed articles includes three documenting NIMHD-funded studies.

“Research From a Diné-Centered Perspective and the Development of a Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership,” was co-authored by Dr. Vincent Werito and Dr. Lorenda Belone, and in partnership with Diné community members.

“El Nacimiento del Pueblo Mestizo: Critical Discourse on Historical Trauma, Community Resilience and Healing," was co-authored by Drs. Lisa Cacari Stone, Magdalena Avila, and Bonnie Duran.

“Structural Racism and Immigrant Health in the United States,” was written by several authors from San Francisco State University and New York University: Drs. Supriya Misra, Simona C. Kwon, Ana F. Abraído-Lanza, Perla Chebli, Chau Trinh-Shevrin, and Stella S. Yi.

Read more

On the Blog

Heartfelt Thanks to the NIMHD Scientific Community in the Time of COVID-19

Drs Perez-Stable and Hooper

In a recent NIMHD Insights blog post, NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable and Deputy Director Dr. Monica Webb Hooper say thank you to the minority health and health disparities research community and to NIMHD staff for their tireless efforts to advance research to improve health equity among populations hardest hit by the pandemic.

Read the blog post

All Health is Local: Measuring the Burden of Disease By U.S. County, Race/Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status

Ali H. Mokdad, Ph.D.

Health inequities in the United States remain severe and reducing disparities is a persistent challenge for policymakers, health professionals and public health officers. In the NIMHD Insights Blog, Ali Mokdad, Ph.D., from the University of Washington shares his views on why all health is local.

Read the blog post

NIH’s Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2021-2025: A Path to the Future

Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D. at desk

NIMHD Director Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., shares his thoughts on the 2021-2025 NIH Minority Health and Health Disparities Strategic Plan, developed by NIMHD in collaboration with all NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as external experts and communities affected by health disparities. This strategic plan demonstrates NIH’s commitment to improving minority health and reducing health disparities.

Read the blog post

National Minority Mental Health Month: Reflections and Resources


This year, for National Minority Mental Health Month in July, NIMHD Insights shared reflections and resources to bring awareness to the unique mental health struggles that people from racial and ethnic minority communities can face

Read the blog post

Don’t Forget the Good: Reflections from LGBTQ+ Youth Before and During COVID-19

Jeremy Goldbach

For Pride Month in June NIMHD Insights shared a post by Jeremy Goldbach, Ph.D., LMSW, associate professor at the Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and director of the Center for LGBTQ+ Health Equity at the University of Southern California. Dr. Goldbach reminds us there are good people and policies that are helping LGTBQ+ youth remain resilient, safe, and positive, even during the COVID-19-related quarantine.

Read the blog post

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month—Addressing Social Needs and Structural Inequities to Reduce AAPI Health Disparities

Chin Marshall

In 2019, University of Chicago professor Dr. Marshall H. Chin wrote a NIMHD Insights blog post for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Although written prior to the pandemic, the post resonates with today’s experiences with COVID-19 disparities and the role of Federally Qualified Health Centers in addressing them.

We reposted Dr. Chin’s blog as part of our activities to highlight AAPI contributions during the month of May. 

Read the blog post

The Sweetness of our Ancestors: Thoughts on Diabetes, Genetics, and Ethnic Diversity in Research

Aviles Santa

NIMHD Director of Clinical and Health Services Research, Larissa Avilés-Santa, M.D., MPH, shares how a new study published in Nature Genetics identified new genomic regions linked to diabetes-related traits due to the inclusion of a more ethnically diverse group of participants. The NIMHD-supported Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (known as SOL) added to the diversity of the study.

Read the blog post

Addiction Should Be Treated, Not Penalized

Nora Volkow

National Institute on Drug Abuse Director Nora D. Volkow, M.D., shares that health disparities for communities of color are particularly stark in the field of substance use and substance use disorders.

Dr. Volkow calls for more high-quality compassionate care, not punishment, for substance use disorders.  

Read the blog post

Other Impacts of COVID-19: Anti-Asian Hate

Dr. Gilbert Gee

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, NIMHD Insights Blog shares a post by Gilbert C. Gee, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Community Health Sciences in the Fielding School of Public Health at the University of California, Los Angeles. As a researcher who studies the effects of racial discrimination on mental and physical health, Dr. Gee shares his thoughts on how COVID-19 is impacting Asian Americans. He wants to reflect not only on the rich heritage of Asian Americans but also to celebrate individuals like Kinney Kimmon and Yuri Kochiyama who fought for equality.

Read the blog post

Funding Opportunities and Notices

NIMHD provides support for a variety of research, training, infrastructure development, and outreach and information dissemination projects related to its mission using grants, cooperative agreements and contracts. The Requests for Applications (RFAs), Program Announcements (PAs/PARs), Notices of Changes and Guidelines (NOTs), and recorded webinars accessible through the links below describe NIMHD’s current funding opportunities. We encourage you to discuss your proposed research with an NIMHD scientific program officer before applying.

  • NOSI: Administrative Supplements to Support Addiction Science and Related Neuroscience Pilot Research Projects at NIMHD-Funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) (NOT-MD-22-001)
  • Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Program (R25 Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) (PAR-21-347)
  • NOSI: Biologic Factors Underlying Dental, Oral, and Craniofacial Health Disparities (NOT-DE-21-013)
  • Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required) (PAR-21-349)
  • Research on Biopsychosocial Factors of Social Connectedness and Isolation on Health, Wellbeing, Illness, and Recovery (R01 Clinical Trials Not Allowed) (PAR-21-350)
  • HEAL Initiative: Sickle Cell Disease Pain Management Trials Utilizing the Pain Management Effectiveness Research Network Cooperative Agreement (UG3/UH3, Clinical Trial Required) (RFA-AT-22-005)

Visit NIMHD's page for more active funding opportunities

Recent Staff Publications

Anna María Nápoles, Anita L. Stewart, Paula D. Strassle, Stephanie Quintero, Jackie Bonilla, Alia Alhomsi, Veronica Santana-Ufret, Ana I. Maldonado, Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, Racial/ethnic disparities in intent to obtain a COVID-19 vaccine: A nationally representative United States survey, Preventive Medicine Reports, Volume 24,
2021, 101653, ISSN 2211-3355,

GBD 2019 Police Violence US Subnational Collaborators. Fatal police violence by race and state in the USA, 1980-2019: a network meta-regression. (2021, Oct). Lancet, 2;398(10307):1239-1255. doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(21)01609-3. PMID: 34600625; PMCID: PMC8485022.

Nagar, S.D., Nápoles, A.M., Jordan, I.K., Mariño-Ramírez, L. Socioeconomic deprivation and genetic ancestry interact to modify type 2 diabetes ethnic disparities in the United Kingdom. (2021, July). EClinicalMedicine, 37, 2021,100960, ISSN 2589-5370,

Hunter, C.M., Chou, W. S., Webb Hooper, M. Behavioral and social science in support of SARS-CoV-2 vaccination: National Institutes of Health initiatives. (2021, July). Translational Behavioral Medicine, Volume 11, Issue 7, July 2021, Pages 1354–1358,

Collins, F.S., Adams, A.B., Aklin, C. Archer, .K., Bernard, M., Boone, E., Burklow, J., Evans, M.K., Jackson, S., Johnson, A.C., Lorsch, J., Lowden, M.R., Nápoles, A.M., Ordoñez, Rivers, R., Rucker, V., Schwetz, T., Segre, J.A., Tabak, L.A., Webb Hooper, M., Wolinetz, C., NIH UNITE. Affirming NIH’s commitment to addressing structural racism in the biomedical research enterprise. (2021, June 10) Cell, VOLUME 184, ISSUE 12, P3075-3079.

D’Angelo, H., Webb Hooper, M., Burris, J.L., Rolland, B., Adsit, R., Pauk, D., Rosenblum, M., Fiore, M.C., Baker, T.B. (2021) Achieving equity in the reach of smoking cessation services within the NCI Cancer Moonshot-funded Cancer Center Cessation Initiative. Health Equity, 5:1, 424–430, doi: 10.1089/heq.2020.0157.

Pérez-Stable, E. J., Webb Hooper, M. Acknowledgment of the Legacy of Racism and Discrimination. (2021). Ethnicity & Disease, 31(Suppl 1):289-292;doi:10.18865/ed.31.S1.289

Alvidrez, J., Tabor, D. Now is the Time to Incorporate the Construct of Structural Racism and Discrimination into Health Research. Ethnicity & Disease, 31(Suppl 1):283-284;doi:10.18865/ed.31.S1.289

Upcoming Event

Join the Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio for the third international conference on Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos, February 23-25, 2022, in San Antonio, Texas.

The conference will include discussions featuring NIMHD Director Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, M.D., NIMHD Deputy Director Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D., and NIMHD Scientific Director Ana María Nápoles, Ph.D., MPH.

Learn more


If you are 18 to 65 years old and have a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the last 72 hours, you can participate in a remote study conducted by NIMHD researchers at NIH.

To learn more, contact us at 800-411-1222,

Refer to study # 000315