NIH Spends $388K to Eliminate Health Disparities Among Taxi Drivers

The National Institutes of Health gave $388,336 to the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to eliminate health disparities among taxi drivers.

The grant estimates that “there are over 230,000 taxi drivers in the U.S., and 42,000 in New York City, where 84% are immigrant.”

“Taxi drivers are at great risk for poor health, with increased cardiovascular disease (CVD) and overlapping cancer risk, due to stress, diet, sedentary lifestyle, environmental exposures, and poor health care access,” said the grant.

The goal of the proposal “is to create a robust community-based participatory research (CBPR) infrastructure that taps into the many assets of the taxi driver community, to work towards the elimination of health disparities in this large at-risk group.”