"Every citizen in our country deserves our best effort. With the help of the health information derived from these studies, we can take a step closer to achieving our goals and, at the same time, transform our communities into safer and healthier places for all people," said Garth Graham, MD, deputy assistant secretary for minority health and OMH director.
The awards are part of the investments made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which appropriated $1.1 billion to support patient-centered outcomes research. Of that total, $400 million was authorized to be allocated at the discretion of the HHS secretary for various patient-centered outcomes research and related activities.
The American College of Physicians, (ACP) in an updated paper released in July, noted that as the nation's population continues to grow and diversify, the healthcare system needs to change and adjust to meet the needs of an increasingly multicultural patient base.