NIH Spends $958,471 Researching Health Disparities Among Latino Immigrants/Refugees

By Melanie Arter | November 8, 2016 | 2:16pm EST
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(CNSNews.com) - The National Institutes of Health awarded $958,471 in taxpayer funds to George Washington University to research health disparities among Latino immigrants and refugees.

“The changing demographics of the U.S. population ~ in which recent immigrants are playing a key role in population growth ~ have and will continue to exert a major influence on the course of health disparities,” the grant abstract stated.

“Therefore, the very timely overall mission of the proposed GWU NIMHD P20 Exploratory Center is to build on an existing academic-community collaboration with the Latino immigrant population in the Washington, DC metropolitan area in order to better understand factors contributing to racial/ethnic minority health disparities specific to this critical population, to increase both community and academic capacity to address these factors, and to test a multi-level community intervention addressing the health disparity issue of substance abuse and co-occurring conditions,” the grant stated.

The collaboration will “provide an ongoing mechanism for training and educating faculty, students and community members in a range of issues related to addressing racial/health disparities generally and in Latino immigrant/refugee populations.”

It will “contribute to the transdisciplinary advancement of the field with respect to eliminating health disparities as well as the health of the Latino community.”

The collaboration will also “provide an ongoing mechanism for training and educating faculty, students and community members in a range of issues related to addressing racial/ethnic health disparities generally and in Latino immigrant/refugee populations.”

The results of the research will be disseminated to the participating communities and the field via the center website and other channels.

The National Institutes of Health awarded $958,471 in taxpayer funds to George Washington University to research health disparities among Latino immigrants and refugees.The five-year project began on June 7, 2012 and ends on Jan. 31, 2017.

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