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The Office of Health Equity, within the Office of the Director at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), develops, coordinates, and supports programs and initiatives that strengthen the Institute's commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of all children, adults, families, and communities. This is accomplished by addressing and eliminating health disparities through the participation of diverse populations in biomedical and behavioral research within the United States and abroad ; and enhancing research capacity development of emerging research institutions both domestically and abroad. In addition, the office informs the public about issues relating to health equity as well as develops research and scientific leadership in colleges and universities worldwide. The OHE works closely with other NICHD Branches and Offices as well as other NIH organizations to accomplish our mission.
The Office administers programs to help accomplish its mission, including the Biomedical and Behavioral Research Innovations to Ensure Equity (BRITE) in Maternal and Child Health (R15), The Academic Community Partnership Conference Series (R13), the Biomedical/Biobehavioral Research Administrator Development (BRAD) Program (G11)—formerly the Extramural Associates (EA) Program, the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program, and the Academic/Community Partnership Conference Series.
In addition, the OHE coordinates the NICHD Health Disparities Seminar Series which provides a forum for leadership in the scientific community to share research findings on maternal and child health issues that impact diverse populations; the Scholars Summer Workshop, that encourages the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences to pursue NICHD mission related research, and the annual NICHD Infant Mortality Awareness 5K Run/Walk/Roll which informs the community about ongoing NICHD research efforts , and inspires communities to take action to address this public health concern.
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As one component of a broad, trans-NIH strategy to address the need to promote diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social sciences research workforce, the NICHD participates in the Increasing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program, which was established by the NIH Common Fund to unify and strengthen institutions and faculty dedicated to the recruitment and retention of diverse scientists.
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- Paternal Involvement in Pregnancy: Outcomes from Preconception to First Year of Life (9/26/2013)
- NICHD Health Equity Seminar Series: Maternal Mortality in Women of Color (9/5/2013)
- NICHD Health Equity Seminar Series: Jackson Heart Kids (JHS KIDS): Lessons Learned Engaging Children and Families (9/28/2012)
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