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Improving The Health Of All People
Health Disparities Research LRP

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Program Purpose

Improving The Health Of All People
The objective of the LRP-HDR is the recruitment and retention of qualified health professionals to research careers that focus on minority health disparities or other health disparities. Funding for this LRP is provided through the NIH's National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), which ensures that at least 50 percent of the awards are made to health professionals who are members of identified health disparity populations.

Program Announcement

See Notice for Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research (LRP-HDR) for program and policy guidance.

Program Eligibility

  • Meet general eligibility requirements of the LRPs outlined in the eligibility section of the site
  • Have an M.D., Ph.D., Dr.P.H., D.N.P., Pharm.D., Psy.D., D.O., D.D.S., D.M.D., D.P.M., D.C., N.D., D.V.M., O.D., or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited institution
  • Engage in qualified minority health or other health disparities research


Health Disparity Populations

Health Disparity Populations are determined by the Director of NIMHD, after consultation with the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and are defined as populations where there is significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population. The following populations have been designated as health disparity populations: Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.

Health Disparities Research

Health Disparities Research means basic, clinical, social, or behavioral research on health disparity populations (including individual members and communities of such populations) that relates to health disparities, including the causes of such disparities and methods to prevent, diagnose, and treat such disparities.

Minority Health Disparities Research

Minority Health Disparities Research is defined as basic, clinical, or behavioral research on minority health conditions, including research to prevent, diagnose, and treat such conditions.

Minority Health Conditions

Minority Health Conditions means all diseases, disorders, and other conditions (including mental health and substance abuse) that are unique to, more serious, or more prevalent in members of minority groups (racial or ethnic minority groups), for which the medical risk or types of medical intervention may be different for members of minority groups, or for which it is unknown whether such factors or types are different for such individuals, or research involving such populations as subjects or data on such individuals is insufficient.

LRP Data

New Applications for Health Disparities Research LRP

New Applications for Health Disparities Research LRP

Source: NIH LRP
Data Accurate as of 03/31/14

Renewal Applications for Health Disparities Research LRP

Renewal Applications for Health Disparities Research LRP

Source: NIH LRP
Data Accurate as of 03/31/14


For further assistance, we encourage you to contact:
  • Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Information Center. Call 866-849-4047 or e-mail
  • NIMHD LRP Liaison
  • Your research supervisor or mentor

Date Last Updated: April 22, 2014

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