Working Groups of Council
NIDDK establishes ad hoc working groups of its Advisory Council to develop reports on specific topics. Reports may include recommendations for consideration by the full NIDDK Advisory Council. Recommendations that focus on a specific scientific area may be considered by one of the NIDDK Advisory Council’s subcommittees before presentation to the full Council.
Working groups are disbanded upon task completion. Membership typically consists of one or more Council members, but may be composed wholly or in part by outside experts with scientific, medical, health, legal, and policy expertise; patient advocates; or community representatives.
NIDDK-wide Working Groups
Health Disparities and Health Equity Research Working Group – In January 2021, the NIDDK Advisory Council, established a Health Disparities and Health Equity Research Working Group in response to NIDDK’s three-part NIDDK Advisory Council Forum: Underrepresented Investigators and Science. The goal of the Working Group is to identify research opportunities across the spectrum of NIDDK science to advance health equity and health disparities research. The recommendations were published in the Pathways to Health for All: Health Disparities & Health Equity Research Recommendations & Opportunities report, which compliments the NIDDK Strategic Plan for Research.
NIDDK Advisory Council Forum: Underrepresented Investigators and Science
The COVID-19 pandemic shined a bright light on the issue of health disparities in minority populations. Becoming very sick from COVID-19 is associated with several underlying chronic diseases that fall within NIDDK’s research mission—and many of these diseases disproportionately impact people who are racial and ethnic minorities.
NIDDK strives to increase diversity in both our workforce and the research we fund in hopes of delivering better outcomes for those most effected by health disparities. A series of forums are being held to kick off the discussion and to brainstorm implementable ways that we can do better together.NIDDK Advisory Council Forum: Underrepresented Investigators and Science (Part 2)