Sharing Research in Honor of National Minority Health Month

April is National Minority Health Month, sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health (OMH), and the theme this year is Active & Healthy, which underscores how physical activity promotes health and reduces the risk of chronic diseases  such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke, which are among the most common causes of disability in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these conditions and the factors that lead to them can be more common or severe for minority groups. Research from the American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD) has shown that health disparities may be greater for people with disabilities who are from minority communities.

Health and wellness programs can support people with disabilities as they strive to be “Active & Healthy.” Some programs may be geared to specific disability types or minority groups; others may aim for inclusiveness and welcoming people of varying abilities. Throughout its history, NIDILRR-funded research has sought to address health and physical activity for people with disabilities, including minorities with disabilities. Recent research and development projects include:


Physical Activity:

Minority Communities:

  • A Cultural Family Intervention After Brain Injury (CFlaBI) for African Americans has developed a cultural community-based intervention for African-American families facing traumatic brain injury (TBI). The intervention aims to address the culturally-based barriers and facilitators that can interfere with or enhance community integration and emotional well-being.
  • The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Family Support bridges aging and disability research, practice, and policies to generate new knowledge in family supports which contributes to improvements in community living, participation, health and function, and other outcomes for people with disabilities from different racial and ethnic backgrounds who are supported by family members.

This is just a brief example of current and completed projects listed in the NIDILRR Program Database that have a focus on health, physical activity, and minorities with disabilities. If you are interested in published research in this area, follow the links below to explore abstracts from NARIC’s REHABDATA database:

This is just a brief example of what you will find in NARIC’s databases. If you are interested in published research in this area, contact NARIC’s information specialists to assist you with your search!

About mpgarcia

I'm the Bilingual Information/Media Specialist at NARIC.
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