From Insights to Action: Enriching the Clinical and Translational Research Workforce by Developing Diverse and Inclusive Career Programs

Diversification of the Translational Science workforce is a strategic goal for the National Center for the Advancement of Translational Science (NCATS) program. NCATS has identified the development of translational science education, training and support for a diverse translational science workforce as key to advancing the growing field of translational science. An annual mixed-methods assessment has been conducted on Common Metrics data submitted by over 60 Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) programs nationwide and includes metrics addressing recruitment and retention of scientists with particular attention to underrepresented persons and women. This article describes a methodology for the development of From Insights to Action, a resource for guiding program implementation and strategic planning to develop a diverse clinical and translational science workforce. This was informed by the Common Metrics Initiative (CMI) process and constituted of findings from qualitative interviews of a subset of CTSAs that participated. The dissemination of this guide had several impacts, including providing structural foci for the CTSA Fall 2020 program meeting centered on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in translational science; addressing NCATS’ goal of workforce diversity; and understanding the number of diverse graduates still engaged in research.

Raquel Ruiz, Alfred Vitale, Ann Schwartz, Deborah Ossip, Martin S. Zand, Ann Dozier and Leonard E. Egede
Journal of Clinical and Translational Science
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Senior Staff Director
Vitale, PhD
Director of Research Education
Schwartz, MPH
Quality Improvement Specialist
Professor and MPI, Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration
Martin S.
Zand, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration; Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Research
Lead Evaluator
Professor & Division Chief