National Institute on Aging December 8, 2021
Richard J. Hodes, Patricia Jones

As promised in our September blog on increasing diversity in the scientific workforce, it’s time to take a closer look at some examples of real-world research NIA supports to analyze and address health disparities. This focus has become even more urgent since early 2020 when equity gaps based on race or ethnicity as well as socioeconomic status (SES) were widened by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic trends.

Health disparities are differences among populations that can be prevented and are driven by several determinants such as race and ethnicity, age, SES, disability status, geography, education, and sexual and gender identity. Since 2015, NIA has awarded more than $250 million in research awards to explore and address determinants of health disparities related to aging.

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