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NIH Director: COVID-19 Brings Health Disparities Research to the Forefront

Released: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
COVID-19: A Conversation About Health Disparities Dr. Collins


NIH Director, Dr. Francis Collins, discusses in his recent blog how COVID-19 is bringing health disparities research to the forefront. Dr. Collins posted his conversation on the disparate burden of COVID-19 with Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable, Director of NIHs National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

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