Commitment to Improving Research

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism is committed to improving the quality and quantity of alcohol research studying underrepresented populations. Groups shown to suffer health disparities, or difference in the incidence, morbidity, or mortality associated with alcohol use, abuse and dependence as well as different medical, interpersonal and social consequences include:

  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Rural and low socioeconomic groups
  • Persons with disabilities

NIAAA Minority Health and Health Disparities Initiatives

Dedicated staff in the Office of the Director addresses Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) issues through activities across the Institute, the NIH, and in the extramural community. Our goals include:

Increase research on MHHD

NIAAA research aims to:

  • Increase the alcohol related evidence base, including enhancing epidemiologic and etiologic knowledge;
  • Understand the biological, social, and cultural contexts of drinking behavior in minority and health disparities populations;
  • Develop improved treatment and prevention interventions for these groups;
  • Decrease alcohol related health inequalities

Offer career development and training

NIAAA seeks to increase the number of underrepresented individuals conducting research related to alcohol use and alcohol use disorders through:

  • Enhanced technical assistance
  • Outreach
  • Support advanced training
  • Sponsored career development
  • Training opportunities

If you have questions regarding our programs, please contact our staff.

Staff Contacts

Judith A. Arroyo, Ph.D.
Coordinator, MHHD
Phone:  (301) 402-0717
Email:  jarroyo@mail.nih.gov

Lynn Morin, M.A.
Public Health Analyst, MHHD
Phone: (301) 402-0176
Email:  morinl1@mail.nih.gov

Minority Health and Health Disparities Research

According to epidemiological research conducted over the past several decades, various racial, ethnic, rural and low socioeconomic groups differ in how they experience:

  • Patterns of alcohol consumption
  • Consequences of alcohol use

Top Research Priorities

Current research seeks to better understand these differences and develop effective interventions.  Research areas critical to these goals include:

  • Epidemiology
  • Intervention (prevention and research)
  • Underage drinking
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
  • Health services
  • Genetics, including gene by environment interactions
  • Neuroscience
  • Metabolism and health effects
  • Basic research

NIAAA joins NIH on Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) to support the study of minority and health disparities health issues.

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Research Training and Career Development

Mission

Our diversity training program seeks to increase the number of investigators from underrepresented populations pursuing research on alcohol use and alcohol use disorders.  We coordinate and promote these efforts across NIAAA and NIH through:

  • Enhanced Technical Assistance
    We provide investigators interested in conducting MHHD research with information to boost their knowledge of, confidence and comfort levels with the NIH submission, review, resubmission, funding, and post-award processes.
  • Outreach
    Activities aimed at providing information on programs to underrepresented populations.  We bring information to meetings, conferences, workshops, universities and institutions that may not otherwise have access to information on our programs. If you are interested in being added to our listserv please contact Lynn Morin at Lynn.Morin@nih.gov.
  • Sponsored career development opportunities
    Workshops and mentoring opportunities designed to provide guidance on the grant writing process and mock reviews.

Training Opportunities

NIH offers special funding initiatives aimed at improving the diversity of the health-related research workforce by supporting the training of predoctoral and post-doctoral students and new investigators from underrepresented groups.

NIAAA participates in the following NIH-wide training opportunities:

  • Training and Career Development
    Training and career development opportunities are also available through other programs NIAAA’s participates in at both the individual and Institutional levels.