Barbara Lee

From the office of:

Barbara Lee


From: The Honorable Barbara Lee
Sent By:

Date: 7/28/2016

Current Co-signers: Cooper, Cummings, Hinojosa, Holmes Norton, Jackson Lee, Lee, Lewis, Kelly, McDermott, Payne, Jr., Richmond, D. Scott, Sewell


Dear Colleagues,

Please join us in cosigning a letter to the National Institute of Health (NIH) expressing concerns with potential changes to the agency’s highly successful Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) program.

Since Congress directed NIH to establish the program in 1985, RCMI has followed congressional intent and supported research centers in “those predominantly minority institutions which offer doctoral degrees in the health professions or sciences related to
health.” This emphasis of the program has been critical to its success. Awardee institutions have provided numerous well-documented and ongoing successes to the understanding and elimination of health disparities.

Despite RCMI’s ongoing success and long history of congressional support, NIH appears to be moving forward with plans to alter eligible grantee institutions and reduce program funding.  The changes being considered would refocus eligibility qualifications
away from “predominantly minority institutions which offer doctoral degrees in the health professions” (House Report 98-911). Such changes are contrary to congressional intent, dilute program funds, and endanger RCMI’s successful track record of understanding
and eliminating health disparities.

If you have any questions or would like to cosign, please contact M.A. Keifer in Congresswoman Lee’s office at or x5-2661. The deadline to sign has been extended to COB Wednesday, August 3.




Barbara Lee                                                            Robin Kelly

Member of Congress                                               Member of Congress