The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), National Institute on Aging (NIA), and Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) recently funded eight Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (RFA ES02-009).
- Total initiative amount: $60.5M
- NCI - $6.5M per year over 5 years = $32.5M
- NIEHS - $4.0M per year over 5 years = $20M
- NIA - $1.6M per year over 5 years = $8 M
- The Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) will support transdisciplinary multi-level, integrated research to elucidate the complex interactions of the social and physical environment, mediating behavioral factors, and biologic pathways that determine health and disease in populations, leading to an understanding and reduction of health disparities. This leading-edge initiative responds to the recommendations of several recent reports from the National Academy of Sciences and employs NIH's most advanced and innovative population science to address the problem of health disparities. The Centers will form a network of research teams seeking to understand the complexity of health disparities rather than single factor relationships. Employing a community-based participatory research approach, these Centers will engage and include community stakeholders in the planning and implementation of health research. Communities include the elderly, African Americans, poor Whites, and Hispanics. Studies will focus on obesity, cardiovascular disease, breast cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, mental health, gene - environment interactions, allostatic load, oxidative stress, psychosocial stress, neighborhood environments, and built environments.