NIMHD in the News - 2021

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UAB professor receives R01 grant for COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy intervention study

June 16, 2021: A University of Alabama at Birmingham researcher was recently awarded an R01 grant for more than $3 million by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities — one of five awards made by the NIMHD to address vaccine hesitancy, uptake and implementation among populations who experience health disparities.

The NIH awards $33 million to fund research on coronavirus testing in schools

April 14, 2021: "Establishing frequent Covid-19 testing protocols for schools in vulnerable and underserved communities is essential to the safe-return-to-school effort, and these projects will inform decision makers on the best strategies to accomplish this," Dr. Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, director of NIH’s National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities and co-chair of the RADx-UP program, said in the announcement on Thursday.

Lifelong Discrimination Linked to High Blood Pressure in Black People

February 22, 2021: Enduring a lifetime of discrimination may increase the risk of high blood pressure in Black people but not in Hispanic, Chinese or white people, a new study suggests. Previous research has linked lifelong discrimination to the development of high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, in Black people. This new study, however, is among the first to look at multiple types of discrimination in a large multi-ethnic group over a period of time.

Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy Among African Americans

January 22, 2021: The end of 2020 brought U.S. approvals for Pfizer and Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines, but convincing African Americans to take them remains challenging due to historical treatment of Blacks in medical research and experimentation. NIMHD Deputy Director Dr. Monica Webb Hooper addresses the concerns on the Good Mental Health show.

America’s Salad Bowl Becomes Fertile Ground for COVID-19

January 22, 2021: “It’s very easy to spread the virus in those conditions,” said Flavio Marsiglia, director of the Global Center for Applied Health Research at Arizona State University. The university was awarded a RADx-UP grant to rapidly implement testing strategies focused on populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Race and Biology

January 15, 2021: Researchers grapple with health disparities, systemic racism. In 2020, a confluence of events brought the ongoing legacy of structural racism front and center in the United States. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread, its lethal impact was far greater on African Americans, Latin Americans, and Native Americans than on others. NIMHD Scientific Director Dr. Anna Nápoles talks about the field of social epigenomics, the research program NIMHD initiated and its potential.

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