National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
The mission of the National Institute on Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) is to lead scientific research to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities. To accomplish this, NIMHD:
- Plans, coordinates, reviews and evaluates minority health and health disparities research and activities of the National Institutes of Health
- Conducts and supports research in minority health and health disparities
- Promotes and supports the training of a diverse research workforce
- Translates and disseminates research information
- Fosters innovative collaborations and partnerships
Interest in the Diversity
Minorities and other underserved populations are severely underrepresented in the scientific workforce. NIMHD invests efforts to develop, train, and retain individuals from underrepresented populations in order to increase the pool of scientists that are prepared to address contemporary needs in science and technology. NIMHD is committed to understanding the impact of discrimination and hidden biases and how they may impact scientific workforce participation and composition. We are also interested in how these factors may contribute to health disparities, and individuals who are served in health care settings. This dedication is necessary to impact health disparities and the public health burden associated with diverse population groups.
We need diversity—in scientific organizations and society as a whole—if we are to change, cultivate and innovate. I promote an overarching argument that both equity outcomes, as well as knowledge production in the sciences, are enhanced by attention to diversity of the workforce; specifically, diversity of ideas, methods, styles, and sites of scientific practice. When people are brought together to solve problems in groups, they bring different information, opinions and perspectives. In order to foster science capable of innovating, the field needs diversity.
Diversity enhances creativity by encouraging the search for novel information and perspectives, leading to better decision making and problem solving. The strengths and best insights of every individual can be harnessed to heighten productivity, deliver better results, and foster scientific innovation.