NIH funding powers research and programs that improve health and lead to new scientific findings. While intramural research happens within NIH’s labs and clinics, extramural research grants provide support for programs outside of NIH.
MedlinePlus magazine explores how funding from NIH’s institutes and centers is making a difference in communities across the country. This month, we’re putting the spotlight on extramural research supported by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Each year, NLM awards more than 80% of its budget to universities, medical schools, and other research institutions to support research and training in biomedical informatics and data science.
Ohio: Empowering youth aging out of foster care with personal health records
There are about 470,000 children in the foster care system in the United States, and every year more than 5,000 of them age out of the system. With support from an NLM extramural grant, Judith Dexheimer, Ph.D., of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center built an application called Health Hero, which helps youth who are aging out of foster care access and use their medical records. Learn about how Health Hero empowers these young people to take charge of their health care.