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The OHE, within the Office of the Director at the NICHD, develops, coordinates, and 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 addressing and helping to identify health disparities and working to increase participation of diverse populations in biomedical and behavioral research within the United States and abroad. 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 Divisions and Offices as well as other NIH components to accomplish its mission.
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. The
final report (PDF - 68 KB) and a
presentation (PDF - 339 KB) summarizing the working group’s recommendations were presented during the September 2016 NACHHD Council session. You can view the videocast of the presentation.
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:
Successful NIH Grant Proposals: