A scientist pointing at a screen leads a presentation before other scientists.NICHD recognizes that improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA); addressing discrimination; and mitigating disparities requires an internal look at our own policies and practices and establishing and implementing new priorities.

This internal check will help NICHD address the STRIVE initiative’s three distinct but inter-related themes:

  • Theme 1: Ensuring DEIA in NICHD’s workforce
    Examining our own practices and progress will help to improve DEIA across all NICHD career paths and levels throughout the organization: Intramural, Extramural, Executive, Administrative, Support, and Other.
  • Theme 2: Enhancing opportunities for DEIA in the broader scientific workforce
    Assessing and realigning investments in the institutions and researchers we support, including trainees and fellows, allows NICHD to help improve DEIA within the scientific community.
  • Theme 3: Planning, conducting, and supporting health disparities research
    Reviewing the research supported and conducted across the institute’s health disparities research portfolio will help us improve public health and inform solutions that are designed to eliminate health disparities and promote equitable health for all.

STRIVE is collecting data on NICHD’s policies and practices and will evaluate it to determine challenges and progress.

A primary function of STRIVE is to create an Action Plan that will outline concrete activities in pursuit of initiative themes. The Action Plan will complement the NICHD Strategic Plan and will guide changes in NICHD’s activities and policies for the next 5 years. Baseline and subsequent data will help NICHD track its progress on STRIVE.

Because all the themes are equally important to the institute, the Action Plan will address each theme individually, while also noting opportunities for synergy across themes.

Multiple STRIVE activities aim to inform the Action Plan. Learn more about these activities.

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