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U.S. Spends $500 Mil to Racially Diversify Medical Fields

U.S. Spends $500 Mil to Racially Diversify Medical Fields

DECEMBER 20, 2012

While the U.S. government commits senseless acts like skimping on consulate security in violent North African countries, it spends $500 million to help minorities—especially blacks—enter biomedical research fields where lack of diversity is “disturbing and disheartening.”

The grand plan was announced this month by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency. As part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the NIH doles out north of $31 billion annually to hundreds of thousands of researchers at thousands of universities and institutions around the globe.

Last year the NIH sanctioned a study that determined blacks who apply for federal research grants are less likely than whites and Hispanics to receive the awards. The study took years and was conducted to “learn more about the challenges facing the scientific community,” according to the NIH’s director, and to improve the diversity of its biomedical research workforce. He called the findings “disturbing and disheartening.” 

That’s because from 2000 to 2006, black researchers who applied for NIH grants were 10% less likely than whites to get the awards, according to the study, which is among the few to focus solely on the racial and ethnic composition of federal research funding applicants. Of additional concern is the low number of “non-white applicants” who apply for the public grants in the first place, the study found.

Researchers from the government-funded team of esteemed academics that conducted the minority probe think this is why; “the quality of educational and mentoring experiences may differ for applicants who self-identify as black or African-American.” In short, the NIH has admitted that it is guilty of not equally benefitting “all racial and ethnic groups.”

To right this wrong the NIH has created a 10-year plan that will dedicate $50 million annually to support hundreds of minority students with scholarships, research experiences and even graduate loan repayment. The agency will also create a new committee that makes “diversity a core consideration of NIH governance” and ensures fairness in the peer review system that erases “unconscious bias related to disparities in research awards.” The plan also implements “implicit bias and diversity awareness training.”

This is the same agency that recently gave an Ivy League university professor more than $2 million to promote condom use among injecting drug addicts in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet socialist republic that serves as a main route for Russia and Europe-bound narcotics, and $823,200 for an equally questionable project that teaches uncircumcised African men how to wash their genitals after having sex to help curb the spread of AIDS. Just a few enraging examples of what the government is doing with your tax dollars.

 

 

 

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  • Kangeroo

    Yes…we gotta be FAIR. Nothing else counts.

  • Kangeroo

    Are they now going to lower the standards for these fields like every other field they touch? This is not going to help the outcome.

  • pipemaster

    Hasn’t this become a proud nation in the last few years! I say take steps to hide all the income you can to keep these theives from wasting your money.

  • Slickster

    Black biomedical researchers? I seriously doubt they actaully exist.

  • rickmadigan

    As though colleges and Professors don’t already go out of their way to pass black students, we have begun grade norming legislation by the current administration, to ensure student groups who receive better scores are graded down, and African Americans who score the lowest, receive higher grades. Similarly, we have discipline norming to ensure that African American students are not disciplined more than other students. (See Executive Order — White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans)

    I am beginning to understand why Jesse Jackson said in April, “Trayvon Martin Would Not Have Been Killed If He Wasn’t Suspended From School.” So, let alone the fact that he had 53 absences, 3 suspensions for defacing school property, drug dealing at school and stealing jewelry, not to mention beating up on a bus driver, and then sucker punching and slamming a man’s head on concrete for trying to report his suspicious behavior to the police, but no, his death was the school’s fault for suspending him. Meanwhile the guy who Martin beat up in Sanford is awaiting trial for being a racist killer.

    But this is how the logic goes, stop suspecting, suspending, down grading, and criminalizing certain behaviors, but instead offer scholarships so we can have career norming. This goes beyond Affirmative Action, you think?

  • aramkr

    I guess the crusade against cancer is proceeding too quickly and we need to slow it down some.




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