The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was established more than 60 years ago to study human development throughout the lifespan, with a focus on understanding the health of underserved populations—those with disabilities, pregnant women, and children. Today, populations affected by disparities also include racial/ethnic groups, socioeconomically disadvantaged groups, rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.
Because work remains to ensure healthy and optimal lives for all, NICHD launched the STrategies to EnRich Inclusion and AchieVe Equity (STRIVE) initiative, led by the NICHD Office of Health Equity in 2021. STRIVE aims to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the institute's workforce and among those who participate in and conduct its research.
As part of these activities, the STRIVE Health Disparities Research Committee is seeking guidance from you—the community of stakeholders with a vested interest in health disparities research—to inform research on health disparities across NICHD's portfolio over the next five years. This research will not only include projects to identify and quantify disparities, but also strategies to mitigate and eliminate these inequities.
Specifically, NICHD requests your feedback on the following:
- What innovative or novel approaches to research could be leveraged to mitigate health disparities in NICHD populations?
- What are the best opportunities to broaden community engagement in the research process?
- What are some examples of community engagement models to strengthen health disparities research efforts (such as models for partnerships, collaboration)?
- What resources (e.g., tools, technology, human capital) are needed to advance the field of health disparities research for NICHD populations?
The information stakeholders submit will inform the development of the STRIVE Action Plan that will complement the NICHD 2020 Strategic Plan to strengthen NICHD's health disparities research investments.
Submitting a Response
Community responses are voluntary and may be submitted either anonymously or with identifying information. Do not include proprietary, classified, confidential or sensitive information in a response.
Comments may be compiled for discussion and may appear in related reports or white papers without personal identifiers (e.g., names, e-mail addresses, will be removed). Processed, anonymized results will be shared internally with NICHD staff members and any member of scientific working groups convened by NICHD, as appropriate.
If contact information is provided, it is possible that NICHD staff may contact respondents and invite some respondents to present concepts for discussion at a future meeting or workshop. There will be no obligation to do so, and responses will otherwise be considered confidential.
This community is intended for information and planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the federal government. The NICHD does not intend to make any awards based on responses gathered through this community, or to otherwise pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for the government's use of such information.
Select the Submit an Idea button at the top of the page to provide responses to the proposed NICHD STRIVE Health Disparities Research Committee. Please review others' responses, comment on responses, and vote for preferred ideas.