Announcements

CMS Framework for Health Equity 2022–2032

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“As the nation’s largest health insurer, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a critical role to play in driving the next decade of health equity for people who are underserved. Our unwavering commitment to advancing health equity will help foster a health care system that benefits all for generations to come,” says CMS Director Dr. LaShawn McIver. CMS’ dedication to health equity led to a new health equity framework to support the expanding coverage for millions of uninsured people.

The CMS Framework for Health Equity provides a strong foundation for CMS’ work as a leader and trusted partner dedicated to advancing health equity, expanding coverage, and improving health outcomes. This includes strengthening CMS’ infrastructure for assessment, creating synergies across the health care system to drive structural change, and identifying and working together to eliminate barriers to CMS-supported benefits, services, and coverage for individuals and communities who are underserved or disadvantaged and those who support them.

White House Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Advances Equality and Visibility for Transgender Americans

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In April, the Biden-Harris Administration recognized Transgender Day of Visibility, an annual celebration of the resilience, achievements, and joy of transgender people in the United States and around the world. Every American deserves the freedom to be themselves but far too many transgender Americans still face systemic barriers, discrimination, and acts of violence. The Administration states they condemn the proliferation of dangerous anti-transgender legislative attacks that have been introduced and passed in state legislatures around the country.

The Justice Department issued a letter to all state attorneys general reminding them of federal constitutional and statutory provisions that protect transgender youth against discrimination, including when those youth seek gender-affirming care. To create a safer nation for all we should ensure transgender folks are free to be themselves without the fear of discrimination and/or acts of violence.

White House Fact Sheet: Biden-Harris Administration Expands Second Chance Opportunities for Formerly Incarcerated Persons

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In the United States, recidivism continues to affect formerly incarcerated people. In April, the Biden-Harris Administration released a comprehensive strategy that expands employment opportunities for formerly incarcerated persons and establishes policy actions as part of a whole-of-government effort to advance employment, bolster reentry, empower formerly incarcerated persons, and strengthen our communities and our economy. Advancing successful reentry outcomes makes our communities safer, disrupts cycles of economic hardship, and strengthens our economy.

NIH Inviting Comments and Suggestions on the Development of a Prize Competition for Institutional Excellence in Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

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An extensive body of research supports the concept that scientific workforce diversity is essential to accomplish the NIH’s mission of discovery and innovation to improve human health. The longstanding NIH investment in research training to enhance workforce diversity at the early stages of the training pathway has contributed to building a diverse pool of highly qualified biomedical, behavioral, and social science doctoral recipients.

NIH is inviting comments and guidance to be considered during the development of a prize competition to recognize institutions of higher education that have implemented innovative and successful programs or interventions for enhancing faculty and student diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Submit your comments by July 28, 2022.

NIH Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity Releases Strategic Plan Promoting DEIA in the Scientific Workforce

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Since its founding in 2014, NIH’s Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD) unit has sought to leverage the value of DEIA through evidence-based strategies. Research shows that diversity enhances creativity and innovation. Although demographically similar researchers tend to collaborate, diverse groups of scientists produce more successful publications and higher quality research. Diversity also broadens the scope of scientific inquiry, including enhancing the understanding required for addressing the health of the entire U.S. populace.

The COSWD holds a pivotal position as advisor to the NIH Director and catalyst for programs across NIH. Recently, COSWD released strategic plan for 2022-2026, which details the growing need for diversity in the scientific workforce, leveraging collaborations, and applying cross-cutting strategies to achieve goals.

ACF’s Race Equity Research and Resources Page

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The Office of Administration for Children and Families (ACF) ongoing dedication to conducting work that is rigorous, relevant, transparent, independent, and ethical, works closely with their Office of Planning Research and Evaluation (OPRE) to incorporate more equitable approaches into their research, evaluation, technical assistance, and data practices. OPRE created a resource page to highlight their efforts to build equitable approaches and further our understanding of issues related to race equity.

Page last reviewed: July 29, 2022