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NICHD STRIVE for Change

The STrategies to EnRich Inclusion and AchieVe Equity (STRIVE) initiative, led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Office of Health Equity, will chart a bold new course to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the institute's workforce and among those who participate in and conduct its research.

STRIVE consists of three committees that focus on three key areas: studying health disparities, diversifying the broader scientific workforce, and enhancing EDI opportunities within NICHD. STRIVE committees will create an Action Plan that will complement the NICHD Strategic Plan and inform the institute's future directions.

As part of this effort, the STRIVE Health Disparities Research Committee invites you to submit your ideas and feedback to inform research on health disparities across NICHD's portfolio over the next five years. These efforts not only include projects to identify and quantify disparities, but also strategies to mitigate and eliminate health inequities.

About NICHD

The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was founded in 1962 to investigate human development throughout the lifespan, with a focus on understanding disabilities and important events that occur during pregnancy. Since then, research conducted and funded by NICHD has helped save lives, improve well-being, and reduce societal costs associated with illness, injury, and disability.

Our mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.

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Key Idea, Workshop 1: Intersecti...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

The path to health equity includes an examination of structural racism and bias; as part of this work, researchers must consider the intersectional...

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Key Idea, Workshop 1: Consider l...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Research enterprise should maximize benefits and decrease harm against marginalized communities by rethinking how language and engagement and resea...

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Key Idea, Workshop 1: Research s...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Researchers should be trained on the benefits and best practices for engaging in team science with leaders across diverse fields. Researchers shoul...

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Key Idea, Workshop 1: Support fo...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Researchers must take the time to establish relationships, truly listen and have honest engagements to fully engage communities in the research pro...

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Key Idea, Workshop 2: Beyond rac...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Ethnic, racial, gender, class, and ability identities have implications for health during specific developmental periods and across the lifespan.

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Key Idea, Workshop 2: Programs, ...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Researchers must engage with communities to inform policy, treatment, and prevention programs because only those within the community can provide v...

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Key Idea, Workshop 2: New qualit...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

To ensure health disparities research fully captures intersectionality, new assessment tools are needed that are specific to developmental periods ...

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Key Idea, Workshop 2: Multigener...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Comprehensive conceptualizations of racism that include intersectionality, the use of targeted non-euphemistic terminology, multigenerational model...

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Key Idea, Workshop 2: Grant proc...

NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Committee

Significant changes need to take place at an institutional level to advance health disparities research and methods development, including addressi...

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