The National Institutes of Health Designates People with Disabilities as a "Health Disparity Population"

Submitted by jessmendes on Thu, 09/28/2023 - 14:12

In a significant victory for disability health advocates, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has officially designated people with disabilities as a "health disparity population."

This designation expands access to funding and resources for research aimed at addressing the health equity barriers faced by individuals with disabilities. The move reflects a broader shift in medicine towards recognizing disability as a demographic group with unique socioeconomic challenges, rather than simply focusing on "fixing" disabilities.

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the urgent need for this change, highlighting disparities in healthcare access for disabled individuals.