Inside NIMHD Feature Articles

Read about minority health and health disparities news and events from NIMHD undertakings that engage our stakeholders.

Dr. Anna Nápoles

NIH’s First Latina Scientific Director Nápoles Retires

“Anna’s leadership at NIMHD Intramural has been foundational and this legacy will yield benefits for many years,” said NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable. “In addition, her ability to create collaborations across NIH contribute to the rich legacy of impact that NIMHD has on the research enterprise and its progress toward inclusive racial and ethnic cultural diversity in its leadership.”

NIMHD staff and Harvard Commonwealth Fund fellows pose for a photo at NIMHD’s Bethesda office

NIMHD Welcomes Harvard Commonwealth Fund Fellows

In person for the first time since 2019, fellows participate in site visits to experience the policymaking processes in public health management first-hand. NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, with NIMHD scientific, legislative and communications staff discussed the institute’s initiatives to advance the science of minority health and health disparities and promote workforce diversity.

Left to right: Dr. George Mensah, NHLBI; Tana Lepule, CA CEAL, NHPI Advocate; Crystal LoudHawk-Hedgepeth, Denver Indian Family Health Services; Benetick Maddison, Marshallese Educational Initiative; Dr. Eliseo Pérez-Stable, NIMHD

Events Demonstrate Value of Community-Engaged Research

Lessons from the work of 21 state-based NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) teams were shared at the 2022 American Public Health Association (APHA) Annual Meeting and Expo and a virtual workshop focused on the science of community-engaged health disparities research.

NIMHD's Dr. Maryline Laude-Sharp, with her donation and newly cropped hairdo.

NIMHD Staff Member Donates Hair to Charity for Kids

NIMHD scientific review officer Dr. Maryline Laude-Sharp sees her hair donation as an act of love that can help people who are struggling with medical complications resulting in hair loss. "This is my first time donating, but I'm glad I [did] and would like to encourage others."

NIMHD Director Dr. Pérez-Stable, NIH Acting Director Dr. Tabak, HHS Secretary Becerra, Congressional leaders with President Biden signing the John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021

President Biden Signs NIMHD Revitalization Act

The John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021 expands eligibility for the NIMHD REP, which provides funds to academic institutions’ endowments to help build research infrastructure and recruit, train, and maintain a diverse student body and faculty.

Dr. Joyce A. Hunter headshot.

NIMHD’s Hunter Retires After Long-Time Service to NIH

A cardiovascular physiologist by training, Dr. Joyce A. Hunter is a recognized expert on NIH extramural policies and has had an extensive career in program and scientific review administration with NIMHD, NHLBI and NIDDK.

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NIMHD Celebrates 10th Anniversary at Symposium

NIMHD celebrates its 10th year as an NIH Institute, in 2020. This feature story highlights some of the presentations by our staff and grantees from the 10th Anniversary Scientific Symposium held on March 3.

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Guest Speakers Engage Crowd at Minority Health 5K

NIMHD’s Minority Health 5K is a themed event to coincide with National Minority Health Month. The month is a time to raise awareness of health disparities and health equity topics in America. This year’s theme, “Active and Healthy,” encouraged people to add some physical activity to their lives.

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Fordham Scholars Visit for Ethics Training

Dr. Celia Fisher, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse-supported HIV and Drug Abuse Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute (RETI) at Fordham University, brought four early-stage investigators to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities recently.

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Workshop Addresses Lack of Diversity in Workforce

In collaboration with the Association of American Medical Colleges, leaders of NIMHD gathered on campus recently to address barriers contributing to the lack of diversity in the biomedical workforce.

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5th Science Day at NIH Invokes Energy, Passion

Now in its fifth year, “Science Day at NIH” highlighted an unexpected and recurring theme for the day: passion. Nearly 500 students from 11 area schools recently attended the event at the Natcher Bldg., where they were engrossed in an assortment of science and health care activities and career options.

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2nd National Minority Health Month 5K

On a cloudy, brisk day in April, NIH staff, contractors and friends gathered on the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 to participate in the 2nd Minority Health 5K Walk/Run.

Students taking a picture of themselves as they attend Science Day.

Science Day at NIH Seeks to Empower Students

Dreams of becoming a doctor often remain only dreams for many students from disadvantaged communities. Generally, their schools may lack the academic enrichment programs and direct mentoring, which greatly benefit students from other backgrounds. However, Science Day seeks to inspire and prepare kids from diverse backgrounds to become health care and science professionals.

Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, NIMHD Director (R), Rear Admiral Peter Kilmarx, Assistant Surgeon General and Deputy Director of the NIH John E. Fogarty Center (L), and Dr. Regina James, NIMHD Director of Clinical & Health Sciences Research (C)

5K Walk/Run Marks National Minority Health Month

To celebrate National Minority Health Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities held its inaugural Minority Health 5K Walk/Run at NIH on Apr. 12. With more than 400 registered participants and a sunny day, the lawn in front of Bldg. 1 was packed with exercise enthusiasts.

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NIMHD Welcomes Three New Staffers

The Office of Strategic Planning, Legislation and Scientific Policy at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities has added three staffers.

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Allen Named NIMHD Executive Officer

Kimberly Allen recently was named executive officer at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. She had served as deputy EO since 2015. Before coming to NIMHD, Allen was deputy executive officer at NIGMS.

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NIMHD Adds to Scientific Staff

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities recently added six employees to its scientific staff.

NIMHD Acting Director Dr. Yvonne Maddox

NIMHD's Maddox Retires

NIMHD Acting Director Dr. Yvonne Maddox has retired from NIH after nearly 30 years of distinguished service, having earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues along the way.

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NIMHD Program Official Assists in Ebola Effort in Guinea

Dr. Rick Berzon, a health scientist administrator at NIMHD, served a three-month detail in Conakry, Guinea, West Africa, where he assisted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) USG (United States Government) Ebola Response effort.

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