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Bipartisan Group Forms Congressional Caucus on Social Determinants of Health

September 8, 2021

Earlier this summer, a bipartisan group of legislators announced a new congressional caucus to address the social determinants of health – non-medical factors that impact health. Led by Representatives Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Tom Cole (R-OK), G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Markwayne Mullin (R-IN), the formation of the caucus followed the spring introduction of legislation – Social Determinants Accelerator Act (HR 2503).

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New NICHD EDI Initiative Will Shape the Next Five Years in the Institute

September 7, 2021
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Office of Health Equity is leading a new initiative called STrategies to EnRich Inclusion and AchieVe Equity (STRIVE). Watch/listen to the presentation on the initiative delivered by Dr. Charisee Lamar, director of the Office of Health Equity, which covers the timeline in developing the initiative, from a backdrop of various events in 2020, to an open letter to NIH Director Dr. Francis

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NSB Discusses Diversity in STEM at August Meeting

The National Science Board (NSB) convened virtually on August 3-4 for its quarterly meeting overseeing the National Science Foundation (NSF). The open sessions of the meeting featured updates from NSF staff and discussions about the Vision 2030 initiative and tools for broadening participation in science and engineering.

The Committee on External Engagement led a presentation and discussion focused on the role of community colleges in creating opportunities to develop STEM talent across

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NASEM Summit on Diversity

July 15, 2021

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) held a national summit on Addressing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism in 21st Century STEMM Organizations on July 29th and 30th. Over the two days, the panel discussed the effects of systemic and structural racism and bias on underrepresented individuals in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) as well as strategies to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in

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