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Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD)

What We Do:

The NIDA Office of Diversity and Health Disparities (ODHD) (formerly the Special Populations Office) aims are to:

  1. Increase the number of underrepresented scholars and researchers actively participating in drug abuse research through our outreach, and sponsored career development and research training opportunities;
  2. Ensure that research addressing minority/health disparity populations are adequately and appropriately represented in NIDA's extramural research programs as described in NIDA’s strategic plan in addressing health disparities (PDF, 236KB).

ODHD coordinates multiple activities across NIDA’s scientific programs, centers and divisions with assistance from the NIDA ODHD/Lead Program Coordinating (LPC) Task Force comprised of the ODHD staff, and NIDA program and review staff. The SPO/LPC Task Force has a major role in shaping, coordinating and implementing research training and promoting and conducting health disparities research.  In addition, LPC staff from the Task Force work closely with the NIDA’s External Research and Scholars Workgroups, Network and Other Committees to meet NIDA’s diversity and health disparities research and training goals.

Goals That Drive Us:

  • Facilitate research experiences to prepare underrepresented scholars for research careers
  • Ensure diversity by inclusion of racial/ethnic minority populations in NIDA supported research
  • Focus on racial/ethnic minority concerns on issues related to drug abuse and addiction
  • Coordinate institute-wide efforts to address minority/health disparities issues that address NIDA research priorities, mission and strategic plan (PDF, 236KB)
  • Facilitate access to research support and research training for students and investigators from racial/ethnic minority populations or institutions
  • Encourage racial/ethnic minority and other underrepresented students and scientists to become involved in drug abuse research, pursue NIDA research support, and become involved in research development activities relevant to underrepresented minorities

Diversity in Science:

Research Training Opportunities & Programs

Related Funding Announcements

External Work Groups, Network and Other Committees

NIDA established the Researchers and Scholars Work Groups for the purpose of providing guidance and recommendations to NIDA on drug abuse and addiction research development and training needs within four major diverse populations. Each Work Group and Network is currently comprised of established researchers and scholars with expertise in drug abuse and addiction and health concerns of the particular population it represents. 

ODHD staff and Lead Program Coordinators work closely with the ODHD Director, NIDA staff, the Researchers and Scholars Work Groups, other NIDA groups/committees and the extramural community to identify research training opportunities and mentoring, as well as research gaps and opportunities in health disparities research. The primary groups and committees include:

ODHD Staff:

Mailing Address:

Office of Diversity and Health Disparities
National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIH
6001 Executive Boulevard
Room 3105, MSC 9567
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-9567
Telephone: 301-443-0441
Fax: 301-480-8179

This page was last updated January 2015