Site serves minorities' health
- By Judi Hasson
- Apr 28, 2000
The National Institutes of Health has launched a World Wide Web site dedicated
to providing information on the health of minorities.
The Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH)
unveiled its site April 14 to provide information for African Americans,
American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Asian and Pacific Islanders.
"We want to encourage more research in the field of minority health so that
all Americans may share equally in the benefits of biomedical and behavioral
research," said Dr. John Ruffin, associate director of minority health at
The Web site will provide information about minority health programs, clinical
trials and resources dedicated to minority health issues, including adult
and infant mortality rates, cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other diseases
prevalent among minorities.
ORMH was created 10 years ago with a mandate to increase research and training
with regard to minority health issues and to increase the number of minorities
in medical research studies.
Scientists, health care providers and students will be able to access information
about research and training on the Web site, as well as health statistics
and NIH grants for minority studies. Until now, there was no central location
to find this information.