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Office of Special Populations

Health disparities are associated with a broad, complex, and interrelated array of factors. Diagnosis, progression, response to treatment, caregiving, and overall quality of life may each be affected by race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status (SES), age, education, occupation, and other as yet unknown lifetime and lifestyle differences.

The NIA Office of Special Populations works across the Institute to support and strengthen our mission in understanding and redressing health disparities for older women, minorities, and persons with disabilities in aging research. 

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NIA Health Disparities Objectives

Minority aging and health disparity research is conducted throughout the Institute’s research programs.

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Butler-Williams Scholars Program

The Butler-Williams Scholars Program supports emerging leaders in aging research.

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About OSP

Learn about the Office of Special Populations and find staff contact info.

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Health Disparities Research Framework

The Framework showcases priorities and investments in this area.

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Helpful External Resources

Find helpful NIH and other federal resources related to health disparities and minority aging.

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Technical Assistance Webinars

This webinar series provides technical assistance for successfully engaging the NIA grants application process.

OSP Scholar Spotlight: Dr. S. Duke Han