Contact: Linda Cook, NINR
The initiative is jointly supported by NINR and the National Center on Minority
Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), both part of NIH and the Department
of Health and Human Services. A total of approximately $15 million will be
committed for the program.
"These Partnership Centers represent an aggressive approach to address the
health imbalances in our society," said Patricia A. Grady, Ph.D., Director
of the NINR. "Although nursing has long incorporated ethnic and cultural factors
in research, the partnership mechanism emphasizes a new way of sharing expertise
to increase both the number of health disparities studies and the number of
minority nurse researchers. The fact that disparities in minorities' health
and healthcare exist in our country is something that must change," she said.
According to Dr. John Ruffin, Director of NCMHD, "These Centers are a crucial
step in the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.
Nurses are the healthcare professionals in the forefront of interacting with
the public, particularly with our more vulnerable members, on matters pertaining
to health." He also indicated that "Our nation needs scientifically-based
interventions that work against health disparities throughout our entire society.
That's why it is so important that nursing research, including research stimulated
by these new Centers, receive strong support from both the Federal government
and the private sector."
There is compelling evidence that minority populations have shorter life
expectancies and higher rates of birth defects, infant mortality, cancer,
asthma, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. What is needed is more information
about why this is happening and what can be done about it.
The Centers will focus on influential factors that reduce health disparities,
such as ways to promote healthy behaviors, reduce risks that contribute to
chronic illnesses, stimulate personal, family and community resources to help
manage disease, and develop ethnically and culturally sensitive healthcare
The eight Partnership Centers involve schools of nursing at the institutions
More information about nursing research is available at the NINR website