National Institutes of Health (NIH) UNITE Workshop: Thursday July 18, 2024 & Friday July 19, 2024

On behalf of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) UNITE initiative, we write to invite you to participate in a workshop on Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding and Addressing Structural Racism and Health, which will take place both in person and virtually over two days this summer:

Thursday, July 18, 2024, from 11-5:15 p.m. ET 

Friday, July 19, 2024, from 10-3 p.m. ET

This workshop will bring together researchers, clinicians, and community partners with expertise in fields such as social and natural sciences, law and criminal justice, education, public policy, and social work, as well as biomedical, behavioral, and public health. Researchers and practitioners from these many disciplines will engage in deep discussions, share data, and facilitate collaborations to address the negative health impacts of structural racism in biomedical and behavioral research where it may exist.

Following a set of panel presentations, workshop participants will have the opportunity to join a breakout session where they will identify key considerations for (1) advancing what is known about structural racism and health and (2) collaboratively approaching solutions. Participants can choose from breakouts on the following topics:

  • Methodology and measures for studying structural racism and health disparities
  • Consequences of structural racism that affect health
  • Strategies for productive cross-disciplinary partnerships
  • Interventions to address the impact of structural racism on health

The workshop’s overall objectives include the following:

  1. Review historical data and perspectives surrounding structural racism.
  2. Showcase research on new methodologies, advancements in understanding the drivers of structural racism, and strategies for cultivating meaningful partnerships.
  3. Share best practices and lessons learned from interventions aimed at addressing structural racism.
  4. Identify recommendations for advancing what is known about structural racism and health and for collaboratively approaching solutions.

You can register to participate in the workshop either in person or virtually at

We hope that you will be able to join us. We welcome you to reach out to Melissa Hill ( with any questions.


Frank Bandiera, PhD, MPH, Program Official, NIA Division of Behavioral and Social Research

Tiffany Wallace, PhD, Branch Chief, Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities/NCI

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