Important Events in NCMHD History
1990—The Office of Research on Minority Health (ORMH) was established by the NIH Director.
1992—The Minority Health Initiative (MHI), the centerpiece of the ORMH agenda, was launched and initially funded at $45 million.
1993—Public Law 103-43, the Health Revitalization Act of 1993, established the Office of Research on Minority Health in the Office of the Director, NIH
1994—The National Conference on Minority Health Research and Research Training was held in Chicago.
1997—The Advisory Committee on Research on Minority Health was established providing advice to the Director, ORMH, and to the Director, NIH, on research and research training with respect to minority health issues.
2000—The ORMH celebrated its 10th anniversary.
2000—The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities established by the passage of the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000. Public Law 106-525, was signed by the President of the United States on November 22, 2000.
2001—Dr. John Ruffin was sworn in as the first director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
2001—Programs mandated by Congress were implemented to expand the infrastructure of Institutions committed to health disparities research and to encourage the recruitment and retention of highly qualified minority and other scientists in the fields of biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and health services research.
2002—The Congressionally mandated program, Project EXPORT—Centers of Excellence, was launched.
2002—The first National Advisory Council of the NCMHD was convened.
2002—The NCMHD assumed responsibility for the Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions Program (RIMI).
2003—The first NIH Strategic Research Plan and Budget to Reduce and Ultimately Eliminate Health Disparities was issued.
2005—The NCMHD assumed responsibility for the Minority International Research Training Program (MIRT) and renamed it the Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT).
2005—The NCMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) was established.
2007—NCMHD Director, John Ruffin, Ph.D. received the Martin Luther King Legacy Award for National Service.