American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA)


The mission of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities.


The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17th, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jumpstart our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression, and includes measures to modernize our nation's infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need. To learn more about the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act visit

NCMHD will provide two years of funding only to support proposals that are consistent with the purpose of the ARRA to:

(1)  Preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery

(2)  Assist those most impacted by the recession

(3)  Provide investments to increase economic efficiency by spurring technological advances in science and health


Applications related to health disparities will be considered from new and existing grantees with emphasis on:

  • Community participation and mobilization
  • Training and utilization of community health workers
  • Collaboration/Partnership with non-traditional groups, settings, or across geographic boundaries
  • Multidisciplinary approaches to intervention strategies
  • At-risk communities
  • Innovative outreach strategies
  • Application of innovative technological advances
  • Capacity Building/Infrastructure development in health disparity communities or underserved institutions
  • Biological and non-Biological determinants of health disparities
  • Establishment of regional networks/consortia for health disparities research
  • Training the health workforce pipeline
  • Telehealth/Telemedicine
  • Rural health
  • Prison health


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