NIH to pilot national primary care research network

The National Institutes of Health is allocating about $30 million over fiscal years 2024 and 2025 to create a national primary care research network.

The Communities Advancing Research Equity for Health initiative — or CARE for Health — aims to bolster clinical research in communities that have been historically underrepresented in research or underserved in healthcare. 

The program will initially integrate existing NIH-funded clinical research networks with community partners to conduct research at select primary care sites nationwide. 

"The goal is to create a learning health system in which research informs clinical practice and clinical data informs research," NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives Tara Schwetz, PhD, said in a June 6 news release. "As the program grows, sites and their communities will help design new clinical studies reflecting their specific health needs, and results from those studies will inform the care they receive."

The first round of funding will support research at organizations in rural areas and is expected to be allocated this fall. 

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