AJPH publishes supplement on minority health and health disparities research

Date: Jan 30 2019

APHA: Megan Lowry, 202-777-3913
NIMHD: Rebecca Newton, 301-402-1366

Supplement published in collaboration with NIMHD

Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2019 – The American Journal of Public Health published a supplemental issue today entitled “New Perspectives to Advance Minority Health and Health Disparities Research.” The research in this issue provides public health professionals with new definitions for minority health and health disparities, and new perspectives on methods and measurement, etiology and interventions related to health disparities.

The supplement, published in collaboration with the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, includes editorials, analytic essays and commentaries focused on the future of health disparities research.

Together these papers underscore the need for a focus on the exposure or health determinant rather than the outcome, the development of methods considering complex system analysis and big data, and the use of terminology capturing justice and fairness in health disparities research.

Papers published in this supplement include:

  • Science Visioning in Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Overview: Novel Approaches to Advance Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
  • Overview Science Visioning to Advance the Next Generation of Health Disparities Research
  • Cross-Cutting Themes to Advance the Science of Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Translational Health Disparities Research in a Data-Rich World
  • Harmonizing Health Disparities Measurement
  • Sideways Progress in Intervention Research is Not Sufficient to Eliminate Health Disparities
  • The National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities Reflection
  • An AJPH Supplement toward a unified research approach for minority health and health disparities
  • Social Determinants of Health: Needed Directions for Health Disparities Research
  • Racism and the Life Course: Taking Time Seriously
  • The NIMHD Research Framework for Minority Health and Health Disparities
  • Harnessing Consumer Information Technology-Enabled Behavioral Interventions as Tools to Advance Health Equity
  • Overcoming Challenges in Designing and Assessing Multilevel Interventions to Improve Minority Health and Reduce Health Disparities
  • Life Course Approaches to Advance the Understanding of the Causes of Health Disparities
  • The Importance of Evaluating Health Disparities Research
  • Structural Interventions to Reduce and Eliminate Health Disparities
  • Methodological approaches to understanding causes of health disparities
  • From the Outside In: Biological Mechanisms Linking Social and Environmental Exposures to Chronic Disease and to Health Disparities
  • Building the Evidence Base to Inform Planned Intervention Adaptations by Practitioners Serving Health Disparity Populations
  • Advancing Health Services Research to Eliminate Health Care Disparities: Recommendations from NIMHD’s Science Visioning Initiative


The American Journal of Public Health is the monthly journal of the American Public Health Association. APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that influences federal policy, has a nearly 150-year perspective and brings together members from all fields of public health. Visit www.apha.org.

NIMHD is one of NIH’s 27 Institutes and Centers. It leads scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities by conducting and supporting research; planning, reviewing, coordinating, and evaluating all minority health and health disparities research at NIH; promoting and supporting the training of a diverse research workforce; translating and disseminating research information; and fostering collaborations and partnerships. For more information about NIMHD, visit www.nimhd.nih.gov.