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December 16, 2019

Disparities Research, Disparities Researchers, and Health Equity

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  • 1Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Department of Preventive Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
  • 2Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine and Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA. 2020;323(3):211-212. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.19329

Disparities in life expectancy by race, ethnicity, sex, and socioeconomic status present a significant challenge in the United States and around the world. In response, the world’s largest funder of biomedical research, the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), supports a suite of research and career development programs designed to eliminate health disparities.1 Despite the clear message from the NIH that health disparities are a significant concern, the scientific community has not embraced the message.

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