Privacy Policy, Disclaimers, and Accessibility


This website is provided as a public service by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIMHD does not disclose, give, sell, or transfer personal information about visitors to unless required to do so by law. Most information presented on this site is in the public domain and may be distributed or copied with some exceptions.
Protecting your privacy is very important to us. We do not collect personally identifiable information (PII) about you during your visit to the NIMHD website unless you choose to give it to us. We do, however, collect some data about visits to our website to help us better understand how the public uses the site and how to make it more helpful. We collect information from visitors who read, browse, and/or download information from our site. We never collect information for commercial marketing or any purpose unrelated to the NIMHD mission and goals. NIMHD uses aggregated information only.

Copyright Status

Most of the information at this site is in the public domain. Unless stated otherwise, documents and files on NIH web servers can be freely downloaded. NIH sponsors most documents on this server; however, you may encounter documents sponsored along with private companies and other organizations. Other parties may retain all rights to publish or reproduce these documents or to allow others to do so. Some documents available from this server may be protected under the U.S. and foreign copyright laws. Permission to reproduce these documents may be required. Content may not be sold. When linking to our audio and video products, users may not decompile the content to create new content.

Linking Policy

NIMHD allows outside groups to link to any page or file on this website under the following conditions:

  • NIMHD, a federal agency under the Department of Health and Human Services, cannot endorse nor appear to endorse any commercial services, commodities, or products. Links should not be displayed in any manner that would imply such an endorsement.
  • All external links from commercial sites to our web pages should be clearly identified as such.

The following statement can be used when citing your source to describe our site:

  • The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health, is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities.

External Links

This website contains links to other federal and state agencies and private organizations. These links are maintained solely for the user's information and convenience. This graphic notice, external link symbol, indicates that you are leaving NIMHD’s website and entering a nonfederal website. External links provide additional information that is consistent with the intended purpose of this website. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) cannot attest to the accuracy of information provided by these links. Linking to nonfederal sites does not constitute an endorsement by HHS or any of its employees of the sponsors or the information and products presented on the sites. You will be subject to the destination site's privacy policy when you leave the NIMHD website. We proudly comply with 508 accessibility regulations, but we cannot be responsible for Section 508 compliance (accessibility) on other federal or private websites.

Disclaimer of Endorsement

NIMHD does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services. The views and opinions of authors expressed on the NIMHD website do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. government and may not be used for advertising or product endorsement purposes.

Some NIMHD sites may provide links to other Internet sites for the convenience of World Wide Web users. NIMHD is not responsible for the availability, content, or privacy policies of non-federal public websites and does not endorse, warrant, or guarantee the products, services, or information described or offered at these other Internet sites. Non-federal public websites do not necessarily operate under the same laws, regulations, and policies as federal websites.
It is not the intention of NIMHD to provide specific medical advice, but rather to provide users with information to better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Specific medical advice will not be provided, and NIMHD urges you to consult with a qualified physician for diagnosis and for answers to your personal questions.

NIMHD is responsible for satisfying all policy requirements related to content provided to a third-party site, e.g., Facebook, Twitter. On third-party sites, NIMHD is responsible only for the content that NIMHD controls. All other content is owned and controlled by the third-party site. If the third-party site does not meet the requirements of Executive Order 13166, Improving Access to Services for Persons With Limited English Proficiency, or any other law or regulation in such a way as to present an obstacle to NIMHD-controlled content, that content will be available on the NIMHD website in a fully compliant manner.

Disclaimer of Liability

For documents available from this server, the U.S. Government does not warrant or assume any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed.

Digital Media Disclaimer

As a federal agency, NIH cannot endorse or promote commercial or individual interests or services. In some cases, where the information serves the public good and is consistent with our mission, we may include an outside link to an external resource; however these need to be examined on a case-by-case basis.

We retain the discretion to determine which comments violate our comment policy. We also reserve the right to remove comments. The views expressed within posted comments do not necessarily reflect those of NIMHD or the federal government.

Please do not post personal medical or contact information to us or in response to our posts. Digital Media/Social Media platforms are public and what is posted can be viewed by other users.

We ask that postings and comments on our social media sites:

  • Do not include you or your loved one's personal medical information or other private information, such as full names, phone numbers, and birth dates. Your privacy is important to us.
  • Stay focused. All viewpoints are welcome, but comments should remain relevant to NIMHD's postings featured on this website.
  • Be respectful. Personal attacks, profanity, and aggressive behavior are prohibited. Instigating arguments in a disrespectful way is also prohibited.
  • Tell the truth. Spreading misleading or false information is prohibited.
  • Do not include spam. Repeated posting of identical or very similar content in a counter-productive manner is prohibited — this includes posts aggressively promoting services or products.

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Use of NIMHD Logos

NIMHD-funded researchers may credit the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) on their websites using the name of the institute, but not branding or logos without receiving agreement from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison. These outside entities may also link to the NIMHD website, but in doing so, they must ensure that such links avoid creating the impression that NIMHD is endorsing or promoting the entity or any of its products or services.

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NIMHD is making every effort to ensure that the information available on our website is accessible to all. If you use special adaptive equipment to access the Web and encounter problems when using our site, please email us or call us at 301-402-1366 and we will attempt to provide the information to you in a suitable format. It would be helpful if you can be as specific as possible when describing the information you seek.