Programs to Recruit and Retain a More Diverse Workforce in Biomedical Sciences Research

J Best Pract Health Prof Divers. Spring 2016;9(1):1188-1194.

Abstract

To improve overall healthcare and to reduce health disparities, efforts must focus on increasing the diversity of personnel trained in the biomedical sciences. Here, we describe the development, implementation, and relative outcomes of three pipeline training programs in biomedical sciences research designed to increase workforce diversity institutionally, regionally, and nationally. We report on their effectiveness in improving the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities with the long-term goal of remedying health inequities and disparities.

Keywords: Biomedical Sciences; Diversity; Education; Health Equity; Research.