U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
This initiative encourages research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. Specific targeted areas of research include bio-behavioral studies that incorporate multiple factors that influence child health disparities such as biological (e.g., genetics, cellular, organ systems), lifestyle factors, environmental (e.g., physical and family environments) social (e.g., peers), economic, institutional, and cultural and family influences; studies that target the specific health promotion needs of children with a known health condition and/or disability; and studies that test, evaluate, translate, and disseminate health promotion prevention and interventions conducted in traditional and non-traditional settings.
Specific research areas of interest include, but are not limited to:
- Studies that incorporate multiple factors (two or more of the following factors): genetic/epigenetic, physiological, social, psychological, economic and demographic, environmental, technological, cultural, and family factors believed to influence child health disparities.
- Development of sensitive biological and or behavioral markers to predict risk, disease course, and progression of disease.
- Interventions designed to reduce risk factors and exposures that lead to development of one or more poor health outcomes.
- Interventions that promote increased physical activity, fitness, healthier nutrition, and food choices or other health enhancing child health behaviors (e.g., asthma control behaviors, cumulative effects of sedentary).
- Studies that employ social media strategies promoting wellness, delayed onset of debilitating disease, and/or disease management.
- Energy balance interventions using a multilevel approach addressing overweight or obesity among minority and underserved children and adolescents.
- Intervention studies targeting well-child care, preventive care, or developmental (early interventional or rehabilitative) care.
- Intervention studies to prevent, delay, treat or manage risk for disease or progression of disease due to altered physiological, behavioral, or physical status secondary to complications of pregnancy and or intrauterine exposures.
- Development of language- and culturally-appropriate assessment tools for identification of developmental delays in children who are non-English speaking or have English as a second language.
- Studies on intervention services for children with hearing loss from minority and low income families, such as access to hearing healthcare services, including hearing aids and habilitation/rehabilitation programs.
- Studies of the effectiveness of the different treatments (e.g., assistive listening devices, cochlear implants, habilitation, and rehabilitation methods) for hearing loss in children from diverse cultural, language, medical, and developmental backgrounds.
- Studies that evaluate how gender and LGBTQ, health literacy, urban/rural, and immigrant status (including legal and visa status) affect children’s health.
- Studies of socialization and children’s emerging ethnic identity and gender roles and their impact on health behaviors and health outcomes.
- Intervention studies that target children’s and parent’s health beliefs, health literacy, and the influence of peers and culture on health behaviors, health care utilization, and health outcomes.
- Culturally sensitive intervention studies targeting patient-provider respect, communication, interactions, and trust in relationships, health care utilization, adherence with treatment plans, and health outcomes.
Amount: Grants range up to $275,000 over a two-year period, with no more than $200,000 in direct costs allowed in any single year. The total project period may not exceed two years.
Eligibility: Special district governments; for profit organizations including small businesses; Native American tribal organizations; independent school districts; nonprofit organizations with or without 501(c)(3) status; city or township governments; institutions of higher education; county governments; public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities; state governments; and others.
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