The OHE, within the Office of the Director at the 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, enhancing research capacity development of emerging research institutions both domestically and abroad, and developing research and scientific leadership in colleges and universities worldwide. In addition, the Office coordinates and develops written responses to external requests regarding health equity research and workforce initiatives and informs the public about health issues that disproportionately impact vulnerable populations, The OHE works closely with other NICHD Branches and Offices as well as other NIH organizations to accomplish its mission.
To accomplish the mission, OHE administers the following programs: 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, and the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research Program.
In addition, the OHE coordinates the NICHD Health Equity 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 Workshop which encourages the participation of individuals currently underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences to pursue NICHD mission related research careers; 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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