|| Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities
This Conference was held at the Wyndham Franklin Plaza hotel in Philadelphia, P.A., September 24-26, 2001.
Public Health Service|
National Institutes of Health
National Center on Minority Health
and Health Disparities
6707 Democracy Boulevard
Suite 800 MSC 5465
Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5465
On behalf of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), I am pleased to welcome you to the Bridging Science and Culture to Improve Drug Abuse Research in Minority Communities conference. We are pleased to support this conference and thank the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for its organization and hosting efforts.
In recent years we have worked with NIDA to better understand the impact that drug abuse has on minority and underserved populations. Together, we studied the Medical Consequences of HTLV-II in Injection Drug Users and funded undergraduate and predoctoral research training through the Minority Recruitment and Training Program, the Substance Abuse Treatment Research Training Program, and the Interactive Research Program for Majority/Minority Institutions. Additionally, we jointly fund the Research Scientist Award for researchers in Minority Research/Training Centers. We look forward to more joint research and training opportunities with NIDA.
Our interest in this conference is derived from our congressional mandate to conduct and support research, training, dissemination of information, and other programs with respect to minority health conditions and other populations with health disparities. Our priority is minority health disparity research, of which drug abuse is an important issue.
We believe that this conference represents a major step in addressing the impact of drug abuse on minority populations, and we remain committed to working with NIDA and other organizations in this area.
John Ruffin, Ph.D.