Diversity, Equity, Inclusion

Working Group Description

Evidence has shown that a diverse healthcare workforce not only improves patient care outcomes, it also allows organizations to be more productive, creative, and innovative. Still, minorities face slower promotion rates and are significantly less represented in leadership and academic career positions. In addition, there is troubling evidence of disproportionate health disparities as a result of socioeconomic inequity, bias, and structural racism.

HRA has created the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group to focus specifically on these issues as they relate to biomedical research including but not limited to health disparities and workforce issues.  Prior to the launch of the DEI working group, these discussions were in the purview of HRA’s Research Workforce and Early Career Development Working Group which is focused on helping HRA members build a diverse, motivated, and committed research workforce.  We understand that Diversity, Equity and Inclusion must be considered by all working groups and touches many topics (including peer review which generally falls under the Grants Administration Working Group).  However, increasing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion across all areas of science is essential and needs a Working Group dedicated to achieving this goal.


In 2020, the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group is being co-chaired by:

  • Sindy Escobar Alvarez, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Patricia Frustace, American Society for Hematology