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Health Disparities Research at NIDCD

Human communication disorders cross all social and ethnic groups. The NIDCD conducts research to understand the basis of health disparities within its mission areas by determining how communication disorders may contribute to, or be worsened by, differences in health among populations. NIDCD also recognizes minorities and individuals with communication disorders are underrepresented in NIDCD-sponsored research and research training activities and is working to increase participation of individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds. Participation of minority or underserved populations in NIDCD-sponsored research advances the NIDCD mission and ensures that everyone benefits from human communication research. For further details on the NIDCD’s efforts in health disparities research, please see the FY 2009-2013 Strategic Plan on Reducing Health Disparities.