HHS awarded more than $14 million in grants to support programs that the agency said will promote more informed health decisions and options that are best suited to an individual patient's needs and preferences. The funding is part of investments made through last year's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which appropriated $1.1 billion for patient-centered outcomes research.
HHS funds patient-centered outcomes research
According to HHS, the National Institute for Minority Health and Health Disparities—which is part of the National Institutes of Health—awarded grants to Centers of Excellence at universities and medical schools in Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, and New York, while HHS' Office of Minority Health awarded a contract to research organization Westat in Rockville, Md.
“Patient-centered outcomes research must become a critical part of our strategy as a nation to understand and eliminate health disparities,” John Ruffin, director of the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities, said in a news release. “This joint initiative complements the work that we are currently doing and is a testament to the value of partnerships.”
The NIH awards will focus on topics including breast and prostate cancer in underserved populations; cardio-metabolic issues in Native and Pacific populations; and health disparities in Harlem, New York. The funding to Westat will focus on health conditions such diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and arthritis.
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