Office of Health Equity (OHE)

OHE serves as a catalyst to strengthen the institute’s commitment to ensuring the health and well-being of all children, adults, families, and communities. OHE leads NICHD activities to create a diverse biomedical, behavioral, clinical, and social scientific workforce. The office also strives to enhance research that benefits the health of all people and communities.

OHE works with partners across NICHD and beyond to:

  • Review and track NICHD's progress toward diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) goals
  • Develop and implement strategies to increase workforce diversity across NICHD and the groups it supports
  • Encourage NICHD research on interventions that reduce health disparities and promote health equity

Email OHE to learn more. You can also sign up for the OHE listserv. There, OHE will share updates about new projects, opportunities, and NICHD's progress in DEIA.

Foster career development: OHE helps connect students from all levels and researchers from underrepresented backgrounds to career-building resources. These include trainings, fellowships, and mentored research programs. Contact us to learn more about opportunities for you.

Engage with organizations and communities: OHE works with many groups for workshops, webinars, information sessions, and presentations. We share information about NIH, NICHD, the grants process, and our research and training programs. We strive to help more institutions and researchers participate in NIH programs, and to support their long-term success. If you or your organization is interested in NICHD-led workshops, email us.

Expand health equity research: OHE connects people to opportunities that can support research on social determinants of health, health disparities, health equity, and related topics. Learn more about the NIH Loan Repayment Program, the Diversity Supplement Program, and other ways that NIH supports researchers in these fields. Reach out to us with questions.

Show representation in science: OHE helps spotlight the broad range of researchers at and supported by NICHD. If you are an NICHD-funded trainee or investigator and are interested in being featured, contact OHE. We may be able to help feature your research and career path.

  • Visit OHE/NICHD in the Exhibit Hall during the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minoritized Students (ABRCMS) on November 13–16, 2024, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. ABRCMS helps students from backgrounds underrepresented among people working in science to explore research careers. Check out the schedule external link to plan your visit.
  • Learn about NICHD programs during the annual Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) NDiSTEM Conference on October 31–November 2, 2024, in Phoenix, Arizona. Find OHE in the exhibit hall. Learn more about the SACNAS conference program external link .
  • Thanks for a great event! OHE was pleased to meet students, trainees, and early career faculty at last year’s ABRCMS, on November 14–15, 2023, in Phoenix, Arizona. We enjoyed sharing information about NICHD training and career development programs, and we look forward to the next event. 

    A group of people standing or sitting behind a conference exhibit booth table, which has several printed materials and a laptop placed across it. Behind them is the OHE exhibit.
    Left to right: Drs. Parisa Parsafar, Amanda Alise Price, Joe Gindhart, and Anirban Banerjee at the OHE exhibit booth.


  • Get to Know: Amanda Alise Price, Ph.D.
    Learn more about OHE Director Dr. Amanda Alise Price—including who inspired her to pursue science, how she overcame challenges along the way, and what experiences inform her short- and long-term goals for NICHD.
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