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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Minority Health and Health Disparities (MHHD) and Diversity Training Resources

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 differences in the incidence, morbidity, or mortality associated with alcohol misuse 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:

  • Outreach
  • Support of advanced training
  • Sponsored career development
  • Training opportunities

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 issues and participates in NIH funding opportunities to encourage research on minority and health disparities health issues.  To find specific funding announcements visit Health Disparities Funding Announcements with NIAAA Participation.

Research Training and Career Development


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:

  • 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. 
  • 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. Additional training information and NIAAA staff are also available at Diversity Applicants and Minority-Serving Institutions.

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.

Last reviewed: February 2022

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