Despite recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) findings that health disparities research and underrepresented minority scientists lack significant federal funding, the scientific community “has not embraced the message,” blocking progress towards health equity, according to a recent Northwestern Medicine editorial published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The article was co-written by Dr. Mercedes Carnethon, the Mary Harris Thompson Professor of Preventive Medicine, Dr. Kiarri Kershaw, associate professor of Preventive Medicine, and Dr. Namratha Kandula, co-director of the Center for Community Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine (IPHAM) and associate professor of Medicine.
“The reasons underlying funding gaps for health disparities research and black scientists are complex and deserve continued attention,” the authors wrote. “However, the latest findings should spur funding agencies to make greater investments in funding and review processes that are structured to maximize representation of health disparities scientists from underrepresented backgrounds. Only by doing so will the NIH promote scientific innovation in a manner that can eliminate disparities and promote health equity around the world.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on January 31