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HSHPS invited to attend workshop: Addressing diversity in the biomedical research workforce through collaboration among scientific medical associations

01 Oct 2018 1:45 PM | Maureen Gelwicks (Administrator)

HSHPS has been invited to attend a one-day workshop on Addressing diversity in the biomedical research workforce through collaboration among scientific medical associations, hosted by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and cosponsored by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Dr. Maureen Lichtveld, Past President of HSHPS will attend the workshop. On behalf of HSHPS Dr. Lichtveld has participated in virtual focus group meetings providing information that has helped drive the workshop's agenda. 

 The workshop is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 at the Cloisters on the Main Campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The United States is one of the world’s leaders in science and technology. Identifying human resource talent to lead innovation and advance knowledge discovery is a cornerstone of biomedical research. However, several challenges exist which hamper the ability of the nation to maintain an intellectually diverse and competitive workforce. One challenge in particular is the implementation of effective strategies to promote and harness diverse talent in the biomedical research workforce. Despite longstanding efforts to diversify the biomedical research workforce, there remains a significant gap in the reflection of the general US population and those who lead our scientific enterprise. The higher the examination across the scientific pipeline from entry into science through faculty rank, the wider the gap exhibited. Since 2006 the numbers of individuals from underrepresented backgrounds entering into science and technology majors has increased, but these numbers have not translated into increased diversity among the faculty ranks (National Academies of Science, 2010). Specifically, less than 10% of the biomedical faculty are underrepresented minorities (Valantine and Collins, 2015).

The purpose of the workshop is to bring together thought leaders from medical, scientific, and academic organizations to share best practices with respect to developing, growing, and maintaining scientific talent from underrepresented groups across the biomedical workforce. The workshop will be conducted with the goal of establishing innovative and action-oriented steps to enhance diversity within the biomedical and clinical research fields.

This workshop is by invitation only and not open to the public. 


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