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:
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
NIAAA seeks to increase the number of underrepresented individuals conducting research related to alcohol use and alcohol use disorders through:
- Enhanced technical assistance
- Support advanced training
- Sponsored career development
- Training opportunities
If you have questions regarding our programs, please contact our staff.
Judith A. Arroyo, Ph.D.
Phone: (301) 402-0717
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:
- Intervention (prevention and research)
- Underage drinking
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders
- Health services
- Genetics, including gene by environment interactions
- 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.
Learn more about:
- Health Disparities
- Health Disparities Research at NIAAA
- NIAAA Efforts to Support Minority Researchers
- Health Disparities Funding Announcements with NIAAA Participation
- NIAAA Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2009-2013
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.
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.
- Support of education/training
We support the development of new investigators through participation in the Diversity F31, the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Biomedical Research, and many of the Career Development mechanisms.
- 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:
- NIH’s Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellowships to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Provides up to five years of support for research training leading to the PhD or equivalent research degree, the combined MD/PhD degree, or another formally combined professional degree and research doctoral degree in biomedical, behavioral, health services, or clinical sciences.
Application due dates: April 13, August 13, and December 13
- Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research
Provides supplements to existing NIH-funded active grants (see full announcement for specific mechanisms) to increase the diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, and postdoctoral and other new investigators from groups that are underrepresented.
- 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.
Last reviewed: November 2017