NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework

The NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework is a multi-dimensional model that depicts a wide array of health determinants relevant to understanding and addressing minority health and health disparities. The framework facilitates assessment of progress, gaps, and opportunities in the NIMHD and NIH minority health and health disparities research portfolios.

The model specifies that health outcomes can span multiple levels and includes a life course perspective component that emphasizes the importance of considering factors ranging across the lifespan in determining health disparities. This list of factors is not intended to be exhaustive. Populations of interest and other features of this framework may be adjusted over time.

NIMHD Research Framework

NIMHD Research Framework Adaptations

Adapted to include the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) model to address vaccine hesitancy in the southern United States
Adaptation by Drs. Lisa B. Hightow-Weidman, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), and Henna Budhwani, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Sexual & Gender Minority Health Disparities Research Framework (PDF)
Adaptation by the NIH Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office

Adapted to reflect historic and socio-cultural influences of the Puerto Rican population
Adaptation by Drs. Irene Lafarga Previdi and Carmen M. Vélez Vega, University of Puerto Rico

Adapted to reflect social and cultural influences of Native Hawaiian health
Adaptation by Keawe‘aimoku Kaholokula Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa

Adapted to reflect historic and socio-cultural influences for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations
Adaptation by Spero M. Manson, Ph.D., University of Colorado

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (2017). NIMHD Research Framework. Retrieved from Accessed on (enter date and remove parenthesis).

Page updated December 2, 2021