The Health Disparities and Equity Promotion (HDEP) Study Section reviews applications where the primary aim is to address, reduce or eliminate health disparities and improve equity related to access to care, treatment, or healthcare outcomes. This study section reviews applications related to social determinants of health, systemic influences contributing to health disparities, and health equity improvement in specific sub-populations. The study section does not review basic science applications
The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether permanent or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.
The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.
- Studies where the primary aim is to address, reduce or eliminate health disparities and improve equity related to access to health care and treatment delivery to underserved groups across race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, immigrant status, and other disadvantaged groups.
- Health care-related research to evaluate multilevel determinants of disparities among vulnerable groups receiving care in healthcare systems and interventions to address or reduce persistent disparities in healthcare outcomes.
- Research with a focus on microsystem level factors, including studies on processes underlying health disparities and specific needs of the disparity groups and health equity.
- Studies related to structural inequities and factors such as stigma and implicit or explicit bias that impact health, access to care, and treatment patterns and modalities.
Shared Interests and Overlaps
There are shared interests with Nursing and Related Clinical Sciences (NRCS). Applications focused on patient outcomes of members of diverse patient groups and/or their informal caregivers during active treatment, or in institutional or specialty care settings are reviewed in NRCS, or CMPC if in community, primary care or home-based settings. Applications, including intervention studies, which focus on mechanisms and processes underlying health disparities in minority and other disparity populations are reviewed in HDEP.
There are shared interests with Health Services Organization and Delivery (HSOD). Applications focused on organizational or provider outcomes, including health economics and quality of care delivery, are reviewed in HSOD. Applications focused on the delivery of care and healthcare systems to primarily address persistent inequities in access to care for minority and other disparity groups may be assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Community-Level Health Promotion (CLHP). Applications which focus on community-level interventions for general populations to mitigate risk behavior and/or prevent onset of disease are assigned to CLHP. Applications that focus on community-level interventions, as well as social determinants of health, to address the prevention and screening of chronic diseases or conditions, may be assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH). Applications focused on the dissemination of evidence-based practices, guidelines and interventions into health care delivery are reviewed in DIRH. Applications that test the efficacy and effectiveness of health system interventions to address structural barriers to equitable health care delivery or processes underlying health disparities may be assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Community Influences on Health Behavior (CIHB). Applications focusing on outcomes in minority populations where the focus of study is the population’s health rather than a study of the disparity are reviewed in CIHB. Applications, including intervention studies, which focus on the mechanisms and processes underlying health disparities are assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPA/SSPB). Applications focusing on population-level determinants of health disparities are assigned to SSPA/SSPB. Applications focused on health systems or services influencing resilience and susceptibility to adverse health conditions that disproportionately affect racial and ethnic minority groups and/or disparity groups are typically assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Societal and Ethical Issues in Research (ZRG1 SEIR). Applications focused on ethical issues in human subjects’ research, clinical issues, clinical trials, and recruitment are assigned to SEIR. Applications that address the design of or recruitment for clinical trials with a focus on exploring health disparities or disproportionate impact among vulnerable populations are assigned to HDEP.
There are shared interests with Social Psychology, Personality and Interpersonal Processes (SPIP). Applications that focus on the social-psychological processes that mediate the relationship between stigma and individual-level health outcomes are reviewed in SPIP. Applications focused on the relationship between stigma and service utilization and treatment-seeking as system-level contributors to health disparities are reviewed in HDEP.