The 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. This is accomplished by fostering the assimilation of health disparities and health equity research across the institute’s research and training portfolios; identifying priorities and developing metrics to assess progress toward NICHD’s diversity, inclusion, and equity goals; coordinating the development of innovative approaches to diversifying the biomedical and biobehavioral workforce; and coordinating NICHD’s diversity outreach efforts.
In 2016 a working group of the National Advisory Child Health and Human Development (NACHHD) Council was formed to review the OHE to provide suggestions about how the Office could better assist the Division of Extramural Research and Division of Intramural Research accomplish their goals as they relate to addressing and eliminating health disparities and improving the number of underrepresented individuals who make up the scientific workforce.
final report (PDF - 75 KB) and a
presentation (PDF - 339 KB) summarizing the working group's recommendations were presented during the September 2016 NACHHD Council session.
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.
Early Career Reviewer Program: