Health and Education
OBSSR works to advance the scientific understanding of the causal pathways and mechanisms that explain the widely accepted, but poorly understood positive association between education and health.
On January 8, 2003 the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBBSR), in collaboration with NCI, NIA, and NICHD, issued a RFA calling for R01 grant applications on Pathways Linking Education to Health. The goal of this RFA was to increase the level and diversity of research directed at elucidating the causal pathways and mechanisms that may underlie the association between education and health. Ultimately, OBSSR provided funds for 13 grants, involving several methodological approaches and study populations. During the first two years of the awards, OBSSR convened the PIs in informational exchanges concerning their projects.
Funding Opportunity Announcements
A Sample of Findings
These are some of the findings from funded projects of the 2003 RFA “Pathways linking education to health.”
2003 RFA Funded Projects
|HD046144||BEHRMAN, JERE R||Causal Effects of Schooling on Adult and Child Health|
|AG023397||BUKA, STEPHEN L||Pathways Linking Education/Health in Middle Adulthood|
|AG023347||CRIMMINS, EILEEN M.||Biological Risk Underlying Education Health Differences|
|HD046166||DESAI, SONALDE B.||Parental Education and Child Outcomes|
|HD046103||ENSMINGER, MARGARET E.||Value of Education-Paths to Well Being over Life Course|
|HD046123||HAIR, ELIZABETH C||Parent education to child health: Longitudinal pathways|
|HD046113||KARTER, ANDREW JOHN||Educational Disparities in Diabetes Complications|
|HD046162||PAXSON, CHRISTINA H||The Relationship Between College Education & Health|
|AG023380||ROSS, CATHERINE E||Education, Resource Substitution, and Health|
|CA105621||SCHAPIRA, MARILYN M||Establishing a Link between Numeracy and Health|
|AG023363||SMITH, JAMES PATRICK||Education, Self-Management and Adherence|
|AG023370||SOLDO, BETH J||Comparative Approach to SES Gradient: Aging & Selection|
|HD046125||STEIN, ARYEH DAVID||Education and Health Across the Life course in Guatemala|
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