Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

How do we address health disparities especially in our most vulnerable populations?

How do we address health disparities especially in our most vulnerable populations, including children?

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Goal 2: Reduce Human Disease

Reducing Disparities

NHLBI should continue to support prospective cohort studies, projects, and investigators that evaluate longitudinal outcomes in minority populations where longitudinal data are scarce and difficult to obtain. The resources generated remain invaluable and can be used to conduct crosscutting translational research (i.e. the Jackson Heart Study, Strong Heart Study, and others).

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Reducing Disparities

Given the dearth of information on cardiovascular, lung, and hematologic outcomes in minorities, NHLBI should develop strategic aims that promote evaluation of these outcomes and potential interactions with kidney disease that disproportionately affect minorities.

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Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Research training to support population-focused obesity research in ethnic minority populations

NIH is already facing a challenge in increasing the number and viability of researchers of color. Obesity research in black (or other high risk minority) populations can be used to explore how research training programs that focus on specific issues of importance to populations of color might contribute to the recruitment and success of ethnic minority researchers in the NIH system.

Submitted by (@skumanyi)

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To say the least, not all researchers of color study disparities related issues and not all disparities research is done by researchers of color. That is the way it should be. However, I suspect that research focusing on populations of color would attract a greater than average proportion of researchers of color (NIMHD might have data on this but NIMHD funding alone would be grossly insufficient as the only relevant funding stream. It would also be inappropriate and ineffective to silo the entire burden as an NIMHD responsibility).

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The infrastructure for such training might not exist. Isolated minority researchers attached to various centers and programs would not necessarily work; some sort of networking would have to be done based on an infrastructure devoted to population-oriented obesity research and with a critical mass of obesity researchers focusing on the black (or other) population..

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Shiriki Kumanyika, Melicia Whitt-Glover, Debra Haire-Joshu

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Impact research related to obesity interventions in black and and other high-risk populations?

How can we increase high-impact obesity and CVD-related intervention research with black and other high risk populations. Specifically, how can the NHLBI and NIH process ensure the generation of more research on solutions to weight issues that is goal-oriented and population-focused, e.g., sets of studies designed to align with a coherent, population-focused research agenda with prioritized questions based on potential ...more »

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The high and above-average prevalence of obesity and severe obesity among black children and adults persists, and obesity prevalence is still increasing in some age and gender subgroups in the black population. Current treatments don’t seem to work as well to reduce weight in blacks compared to whites (at least based on studies in adults), although some show promise for reduction of CVD risk factors even with modest weight loss. Preventive interventions are urgently needed but underdeveloped.

 

The context and process of intervening on weight issues differs by cultural and socioeconomic contexts. Yet, research that specifically focuses on approaches that can be effective in black population subgroups in communities at large is sparse; many studies are small, with methodological limitations. Within the overall research effort to address obesity, more studies, better studies, and coordinated studies on black Americans as a high risk sub-population could move the needle. This could be a general need related to high-risk populations who will never be the mainstream research focus and may have different contexts and needs.

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It is feasible to do this if the challenges can be overcome and appropriate funding mechanisms are provided. The typical funding mechanisms focus on investigators rather than on populations and on disconnected R01s. The likelihood that these will add up to tell a coherent story is low. More mechanisms are needed to support coordinated studies planned to have collective impact for the black (or other) population. Other challenges are to improve methodological quality (including design, measurements, and duration), phase studies so that they can build on each other, and standardize process and outcome assessments to improve the ability to synthesize study results.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Shiriki Kumanyika and members/colleagues who are authors of a journal supplement to Obesity Reviews, October 2014

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Goal 1: Promote Human Health

Enhancing Understanding of Determinants of Health in Rural Areas & Developing Solutions

What are the biological, environmental, social and economic determinants of health in rural areas related to COPD and other lung disease.

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There are extreme disparities in the impact of COPD in rural areas, especially in rural Appalachia. These areas experience much larger prevalence rates and higher rates of hospitalization, readmissions and other health indicators that contribute to increased cost and decreased quality of life. These are also areas with the least ability to make improvements. Research that can inform both the causes of these disparities and identify proven methods for systematically confronting these issues has the potential to dramatically improve overall health status in rural America

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Grace Anne Dorney Koppel

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Goal 3: Advance Translational Research

Addressing Health Care Disparities Requires Pragmatic Research

Jumpstarting progress in eliminating health care disparities requires comparative effectiveness and implementation research (T3 and T4) regarding optimal strategies for ensuring health care equity in the real world. Ensuring minority and other socially disadvantaged groups receive and benefit from evidence-based interventions at the same rate as others requires pragmatic research that identifies and addresses barriers ...more »

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Meeting this challenge offers promise for elimination of disparities in morbidity and mortality among minority and other socially disadvantaged groups. Many major health care organizations are hungry for science-based interventions and implementation strategies for ensuring equitable care relevant to heart, lung, blood and sleep conditions. Pragmatic scientific evidence in these areas is urgently needed.

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There are several feasibility challenges. The first is the broader challenge surrounding pragmatic, comparative effectiveness and implementation research including its integration within health care systems. Too little of this type research is conducted by funded institutions within their own health care systems. This failure reduces the likelihood that research findings, including best strategies for improving equity in health care delivery, will be adopted by health care systems. Ultimately, those responsible for implementation along with those receiving care must be active research partners in conducting pragmatic research in order to ensure that the research addresses real world priorities and feasibility issues.This represents a major shift in research paradigms but is critical to the success of health care disparities research.

 

The second challenge is that research funding streams narrow along the translational continuum. This poses a challenge to pragmatic research that focuses on equity in care. There is no doubt that research along the entire research continuum is needed to address health and health care disparities. However, research focusing on ensuring provision of evidenced-based interventions for groups least likely to receive them will have the most immediate impact.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Kevin Fiscella, MD, MPH

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Asthma Disparities in Low income children

What are the most effective methods to reduce asthma disparities in low income children?

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Despite advances in care, asthma inequities are persistent among low income children. What are the most effective measures to close the gap?

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There are multiple strategies but what are the most effective treatment options in low income children who have higher morbidity and mortality?

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ROLE OF HEALTH DISPARITIES IN SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN HEALTH—ENVIRONMENT

Self-report data indicate that insufficient sleep is more common in minority populations. This seems to be related to socioeconomic status. There is a need to move this beyond self-report and obtain objective measures in the relevant populations. Moreover, the basis of this difference needs to be established. What aspect of the environment leads to these differences, e.g., noise, stress related to sense of vulnerability, ...more »

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Self-report indicates that sleep duration is lower in minority populations. This seems to be related to socioeconomic groups. To address this issue requires understanding the basis of this and developing appropriate interventions.

 

The impact of this is as follows:

 

a. Implementing new technology based on mobile approaches to assess sleep duration in subjects in different socioeconomic groups.

b. Developing a comprehensive approach to understanding and evaluating environmental influences in sleep and circadian rhythm.

c. Designing and testing intervention to increase sleep duration in disadvantaged populations.

d. Improving the sleep health of minority populations.

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There is rapidly developing new mobile technology to assess sleep duration and other phenotypes in individuals living in their normal lives. There are a number of studies currently being conducted that could be leveraged to address this question. There are also developing approaches to assess environmental influences on sleep and circadian rhythm such as noise, light exposure, etc. Thus, this question could be addressed in the near future.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sleep Research Society

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HEALTH CARE DISPARITIES IN DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF COMMON SLEEP AND CIRCADIAN DISORDERS

There is evidence of a higher prevalence of sleep and circadian disorders in different ethnic groups. This is true for both adult and pediatric subjects. There is also evidence that minority populations in lower socioeconomic groups do not seek evaluation for sleep disorders as frequently as other segments of our population. There is also evidence that they are less adherent to treatments such as nasal CPAP for obstructive ...more »

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Sleep disorders are more common in minority populations. Moreover, these populations have higher rates of the known consequences of these disorders such as stroke, myocardial infarction, hypertension, resistant hypertension. Despite this, current population studies such as the Sleep Heart Health Study have included only a very small percentage of African Americans. The impact of this would be the following:

 

a. Elucidating the basis of barriers to case identification in these group

b. Designing specific intervention to overcome these barriers.

c. Developing methods to improve adherence to therapy in this group.

d. Removing sleep and circadian disorders as a risk factor for consequences such as stroke, cardiovascular disease and resistant hypertension in minority populations

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There is a developing interest in this area in the field of circadian and sleep research. There is a developing knowledge base about health disparities in sleep and circadian disorders. Minority institutions such as Morehouse have developing programs in this area. We also have mobile technology that facilitates study of sleep and circadian disorders in minority populations.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea : Sleep Research Society

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