NIH Health Disparities Interest Group
The NIH Health Disparities Interest Group (HDIG) fosters connection, dialogue and information exchange to advance biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and population sciences research to further understanding of health disparities and illuminate interventions to reduce and eliminate health disparities. Learn more about the NIH HDIG and health disparities.
NIH HDIG Inaugural Workshop
NIH HDIG/NIMHD DIR Seminar Series
With NIMHD DIR, the NIH HDIG invites nationally renowned speakers to present foundational as well as cutting-edge research related to health disparities. The seminars are held three to four times a year.
Individuals who need reasonable accommodation to participate should contact Dami Kim (phone: 301-402-1366) at least five business days before the event.
NIH HDIG/NIMHD DIR Seminar Library
Environmental Reproductive Justice: a Solution-Based Approach to Women’s Health Disparities
Tamarra James-Todd, Ph.D., MPH
Mark and Catherine Winkler Associate Professor of Environmental Reproductive Epidemiology
Director, Environmental Reproductive Justice Lab
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
Seminar conducted September 13, 2022
Insights on Inclusion: Erase, Engage, Enact
Janet M. Stovall, MPS
Global Head of DEI
Seminar conducted June 14, 2022
The Role for Feasible and Sustainable Interventions in Reducing Health Disparities
Margarita Alegría, Ph.D.
Chief, Disparities Research Unit
Massachusetts General Hospital
Professor, Departments of Medicine and Psychiatry Harvard Medical School
Virtual seminar conducted October 12, 2021
Dr. Alegría is currently the principal investigator of four NIH-funded research studies and has published more than 300 papers, editorials, intervention training manuals, and several book chapters. Prior to her work at Harvard, she was the director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research at Cambridge Health Alliance and was previously the director of the Center for Evaluation and Sociomedical Research at the University of Puerto Rico.
Structural Racism: The Roots & Relations of Inequality
Gilbert Gee, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Community Health Sciences
Fielding School of Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles
Virtual seminar conducted July 13, 2021
To Race with the World: John Henryism and the Health of Black Americans
Sherman A. James, Ph.D.
Virtual seminar conducted February 9, 2021View seminar
Sherman A. James, Ph.D., has held professorships in sociology, community and family medicine, and African and African American studies at Duke University. Prior to Duke, he taught in the epidemiology departments at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (1973-89) and at the University of Michigan (1989-03). At Michigan, he was the John P. Kirscht Collegiate Professor of Public Health; the founding director of the Center for Research on Ethnicity, Culture and Health; chair of the Department of Health Behavior and Health Education; and a senior research scientist in the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research. James was elected to the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2000. He is a fellow of the American Epidemiological Society, the American College of Epidemiology, the American Heart Association, and the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research. In 2016, he was inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences as the Mahatma Gandhi Fellow. In 2007-08, he served as president of the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER). James received his Ph.D. (psychology) from Washington University in St. Louis (1973).
About the NIH HDIG
The NIH Health Disparities Interest Group (HDIG), founded in 2014, aims to advance biological, clinical, behavioral, social, and population sciences research to further understanding of health disparities and illuminate interventions to reduce and eliminate health disparities. The NIH HDIG:
- Fosters the exchange of ideas between intramural and extramural health disparities researchers through its joint seminars with the NIMHD Division of Intramural Research.
- Provides a platform for health disparities scientific dialogue through its mailing list. To subscribe, please visit the NIH HDIG Listserv homepage and click “Subscribe or Unsubscribe” in the right sidebar.
- Engages with NIH partners to promote health disparities training for trainees.
About Health Disparities
Health disparities are health differences in one or more health outcomes that adversely affect disadvantaged populations. These health outcomes include overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and survival.
Disadvantaged populations refer to racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.
Eliminating health disparities and achieving health equity is one of the overarching goals of Healthy People 2030.
Page updated December 2, 2022