Efforts to advance NIH-funded behavioral and social sciences research on structural racism and health

Transl Behav Med. 2022 Jul 18;12(7):775-780. doi: 10.1093/tbm/ibac036.


This commentary provides background and context for the increasing attention to research designed to better understand and address the impact of structural racism on health, with particular attention to the role of the behavioral and social sciences. The manuscript describes the impetus provided to this work by recent public health crises of COVID-19 and the racial justice movement that emerged following the murder of George Floyd in the summer of 2020. A range of initiatives from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) focused on structural racism and health equity are discussed in this context and opportunities and gaps for future research are identified.

Keywords: BSSR; Health equity; Structural racism.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19*
  • Health Equity*
  • Humans
  • National Institutes of Health (U.S.)
  • Racial Groups
  • Social Sciences
  • Systemic Racism
  • United States