NIH Invests $30 Million to Pilot a National Primary Care Research Network

Published June 24, 2024

By AACOM Government Relations

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  • On June 6, 2024, The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a $30 million investment for fiscal years (FYs) 2024 and 2025 to pilot a national primary care research network. The new initiative, Communities Advancing Research Equity (CARE) for Health, aims to integrate clinical research with community-based primary care and to improve research access and patient outcomes for historically underrepresented communities.
  • Initial awards are slated for fall 2024 and will fund organizations that serve rural communities.

“The goal is to create a learning health system in which research informs clinical practice and clinical data informs research,” said NIH Deputy Director for Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives Tara A. Schwetz, PhD. “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.”

  • AACOM supports this NIH investment to address disparities in research for rural and underserved populations. AACOM continues to urge Congress to increase funding and representation for the colleges of osteopathic medicine (COMs) at NIH to strengthen research in areas of primary care, community-based training and health disparities of rural and underserved populations.
  • COMs are encouraged to review the CARE for Health webpage for more resources and grant opportunities.