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Ending Disparities in Mental Health (EDIfy-MH)

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is committed to confronting mental health disparities and understanding how disparities arise and persist. As such, the Office of Research on Disparities and Global Mental Health is directing efforts through a program called “Ending Disparities in Mental Health” (EDIfy-MH). EDify-MH functions to encourage research that explores the underpinnings of mental health disparities. The program promotes equitable practices in research, and the effort also includes a set of funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) designed to stimulate research into mental health disparities. NIMH continues to solicit novel research projects via existing funding opportunities which include parent announcements that span the NIMH strategic research priorities. These opportunities allow for exploration in areas that range from the basic sciences to services and interventions research, across the lifespan, in the United States and worldwide.  Applicants are encouraged to contact appropriate NIMH Program staff when conceptualizing and designing projects to investigate mental health disparities.

The goal of this program is to generate research to identify and better understand the genetic, neurobiological, psychosocial, and other environmental mechanisms/ factors that underlie disparities in order to address and eliminate mental health disparities domestically and globally. Each FOA under the EDIfy-MH program will address a specific aspect of disparities in mental health.

In the United States, EDIfy-MH encourages research that includes, but is not limited to, the following: racial/ethnic minority groups,1 sexual and gender minorities, individuals living in rural areas, socioeconomically disadvantaged persons, or any other subgroup with documented disparities in prevalence of mental illnesses, mental illness trajectories, access to preventive and treatment intervention services, and quality and outcomes of mental health care.

Globally, EDIfy-MH encourages research that includes, but is not limited to, the following: low- and middle- income countries,2 communities in low-resource settings, individuals living in rural areas, socioeconomically disadvantaged persons, or any other subgroups with documented disparities in prevalence of mental illnesses, mental illness trajectories, access to preventive and treatment intervention services, and quality and outcomes of mental health care.

References

1 NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations; https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-089.html

2 How does the World Bank classify countries?
https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/378834-how-does-the-world-bank-classify-countries