NIH Announces Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
There is a new institute at the National Institutes of Health. The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities has become the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
The new designation, made possible by Congress under the Affordable Care Act, gives the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities a more defined role in the NIH’s research agenda on diseases and other adverse health conditions that exist among specific populations. It also reaffirms the authority of the director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities as the primary federal official with responsibility for coordinating all NIH research activities concerning minority health.
Meanwhile, the NIH Director is considering consolidating NIDA and NIAAA research into a single Institute. On September 15, 2010, the Scientific Management Review Board, an advisory body to the NIH Director, stated that scientific and public health concerns led them to conclude that addictions research at the two Institutes should be merged in a new Institute. The NIH Director and HHS Secretary must approve any structural reorganization recommended by the SMRB.