Goal 4: Develop Workforce and Resources

Implementation Research Workforce Addressing Health Inequities

What are the best strategies to develop a highly competent diverse Implementation Science research workforce to address health inequities?

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Is this idea a Compelling Question (CQ) or Critical Challenge (CC)?: Compelling Question (CQ)

Details on the impact of addressing this CQ or CC:

• Enhance fundamental knowledge about new and trans-disciplinary D&I field.

• Improve understanding on ways to scale-up and deliver proven interventions to address health inequities.

• New knowledge generation regarding important adaptations of interventions implemented in the local context.

• Improve health outcomes, particularly in underserved populations in both the U.S. and abroad.

• Successful D&I research training programs will help ensure a competent diverse D&I research workforce.

• Identification of the most effective career timing and combination (balance) of discipline-specific and trans-disciplinary courses essential to develop a cadre of trans-disciplinary implementation science researchers.

Feasibility and challenges of addressing this CQ or CC:


• Dedicated NHLBI Center to promote, develop, implement, and disseminate research findings to address heart, lung, blood, sleep-related conditions and diseases.

• Identified new approaches to creating partnerships with trans-disciplinary research teams that expand beyond academia and increased understanding of the unique nature of mentorship needed for this discipline.

• Experience from several other ICs can be leveraged to improve or ability to be successful and decrease our launch time.

• Field is gaining momentum because of the realization of the unsustainable economic burden of health inequities (expected to increase in the future) in the U.S.





• Dedicated training mechanisms are needed to develop and meet our current/future T4 research workforce needs to address health inequities.


• Resources needed that provide unique training approaches (e.g., a trans-disciplinary scientific training environment, knowledge and experience with health disparity populations, unique training faculty (mentor) composition and opportunities to train mentees as future D&I mentors, innovative research tools and research experiences, and broad and diverse partnerships.


• Unique linkages with practice settings across disciplines needed.

Name of idea submitter and other team members who worked on this idea: NHLBI Staff


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Idea No. 248