Reducing Health Inequities in the U.S. Recommendations From the NHLBI's Health Inequities Think Tank Meeting

Uchechukwu K A Sampson, Robert M. Kaplan, Richard S. Cooper, Ana V. Diez Roux, James S. Marks, Michael M. Engelgau, Emmanuel Peprah, Helena Mishoe, L. Ebony Boulware, Kaytura L. Felix, Robert M. Califf, John M. Flack, Lisa A. Cooper, J. Nadine Gracia, Jeffrey A. Henderson, Karina W. Davidson, Jerry A. Krishnan, Tené T. Lewis, Eduardo Sanchez, Naomi L. LubanViola Vaccarino, Winston F. Wong, Jackson T. Wright, David Meyers, Olugbenga G. Ogedegbe, Letitia Presley-Cantrell, David A. Chambers, Deshirée Belis, Glen C. Bennett, Josephine E. Boyington, Tony L. Creazzo, Janet M. de Jesus, Chitra Krishnamurti, Mia R. Lowden, Antonello Punturieri, Susan T. Shero, Neal S. Young, Shimian Zou, George A. Mensah

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The National, Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute convened a Think Tank meeting to obtain insight and recommendations regarding the objectives and design of the next generation of research aimed at reducing health inequities in the United States. The panel recommended several specific actions, including: 1) embrace broad and inclusive research themes; 2) develop research platforms that optimize the ability to conduct informative and innovative research, and promote systems science approaches; 3) develop networks of collaborators and stakeholders, and launch transformative studies that can serve as benchmarks; 4) optimize the use of new data sources, platforms, and natural experiments; and 5) develop unique transdisciplinary training programs to build research capacity. Confronting health inequities will require engaging multiple disciplines and sectors (including communities), using systems science, and intervening through combinations of individual, family, provider, health system, and community-targeted approaches. Details of the panel's remarks and recommendations are provided in this report.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-524
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the American College of Cardiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Aug 2 2016


  • T4 research
  • health information exchange
  • health policy
  • health services accessibility
  • social determinants of health
  • translation research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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