Health Disparities Framework
The NIA Health Disparities Research Framework showcases priorities and investments in this important aging research area. This page is designed to serve as a resource for scientists interested in investigating health disparities related to aging. The Framework outlines four key levels of analysis related to disparities research–environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and biological—with priority focus areas in each level. As we continue to address the issue of disparities among older minority populations, the Framework will help assess which areas are most in need of additional research resources. Developing aging research studies that reflect the levels of analysis described in the framework can also shape evidenced-based interventions to help address, understand, and possibly end structural racism, discrimination, and health inequities. Using the Framework as a guide, NIA has awarded over $100 million in research awards since 2015 to explore the environmental, sociocultural, behavioral, and biological determinants of health disparities related to aging.
Peruse the Framework by clicking on its interactive components, and watch the NIA Health Disparities Research Framework video.