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IHME to Advance US County-level Health Disparities Research

Published on April 6, 2023

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The Institute for Health Metrics (IHME) has been awarded a $16.8 million contract from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to dissect health disparities at the county level in the US. The funding will help IHME conduct comprehensive research that builds upon IHME’s Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study, which measures mortality and morbidity for 370 diseases and injuries in 204 countries and territories.

The five-year project is an extension of the partnership with NIMHD that launched in September 2019 to examine where certain segments of the US population are disproportionately likely to suffer poor health and early death.

“We are eager to deepen our partnership with NIMHD, solidify our commitment to providing scientific evidence that health systems, policymakers, and communities can use to reduce health inequities across the US,” said Prof. Ali Mokdad, Chief Strategy Officer of Population Health at UW and professor of Health Metrics Sciences.

“We’re focused on closing health gaps impacting marginalized communities, and gaining a better understanding of where and why those disparities chronically exist is one of the many crucial steps in ultimately effecting change,” said Prof. Laura Dwyer-Lindgren, Assistant Professor and lead researcher on IHME’s US Health Disparities team.

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