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BOX 4-1Minority Health Report

Minorities are defined by statute as American Indians/Alaskan Natives (including Eskimos and Aleuts), Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, blacks, and Hispanics (i.e., individuals whose origin is Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Central or South American, or any other Spanish-speaking country).

Targeted research (report at 100 percent) includes:

  • basic research on a disease, condition, or biological process that affects exclusively or almost exclusively one or more minority populations;
  • basic research on a behavior that is found exclusively or almost exclusively in one or more minority populations;
  • basic research on whether and/or how the mechanisms of disease or basic biological processes differ in minority populations, or how behaviors differ in minority populations;
  • clinical research conducted exclusively or almost exclusively in one or more minority populations;
  • clinical research investigating whether and/or how the manifestations, consequences, or responses to treatment of diseases or other conditions differ in minority populations; and
  • clinical research investigating how behaviors differ in minority populations.

Nontargeted research (report at the percent minority participation, as long as it exceeds the threshold of 25 percent) includes:

  • clinical research focused on prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of diseases or other conditions that affect minority populations.

Targeted infrastructure (report at 100 percent) includes:

  • solicited programs that are focused exclusively on developing the research capabilities of historically black colleges and universities and minority medical schools and
  • solicited programs designed to enhance the research resources specifically available to underrepresented minorities at other institutions educating or training high numbers of one or more minority populations that are under-represented in biomedical or behavioral research.

Targeted research training and career development (report at 100 percent) includes:

  • programs that focus exclusively on supporting research training or career development of underrepresented minorities.

Nontargeted research training and career development (report only dollars received by underrepresented minority individuals) includes:

  • activities that support research training or career development of under-represented minority investigators, but that are not focused exclusively on these population groups.

Targeted outreach (report at 100 percent) includes:

  • programs that focus exclusively on providing health-related information to minority populations and
  • programs that focus exclusively on providing information to health care providers about preventing, diagnosing, or treating diseases or other conditions in minority populations.

SOURCE: NIH Committee on Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Definitions and Application Methodology (Appendix H).

From: 4, Budget and Finances

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Washington (DC): National Academies Press (US); 2006.
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