Honors African American History Month by Highlighting Minority Benefit Programs
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, African American citizens make up more than 13% of the more than 296 million American citizens? Throughout February, pays tribute to the contributions of the African American community by highlighting benefit programs that may be helpful to African Americans and all other minority groups alike.

Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
MARC offers special research training support to 4-year colleges, universities, and health professional schools with substantial enrollments of minorities such as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans (including Alaska Natives), and natives of the U.S. Pacific Islands. The branch's goals are to increase the number and competitiveness of underrepresented minorities engaged in biomedical research by strengthening the science curricula at minority-serving institutions and increasing the research training opportunities for students and faculty at these institutions. Inquire about this program at your educational or training institution or, for more information, visit the Minority Access to Research Careers Program.

Health and Human Services' Special Minority Initiatives
The Special Minority Initiatives develop and launch new research and research training programs and other initiatives for minority scientists, NIGMS sponsors several special minority initiatives. These include the Bridges to the Future Programs (Bridges to the Baccalaureate Degree and Bridges to the Doctoral Degree), which are co-sponsored by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (another component of the National Institutes of Health). The division is also responsible for organizing meetings and other activities that build networks among individuals and educational institutions to promote minority participation in sponsored research. For more information, visit the Special Minority Initiatives.