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Lessons and Implications from Case Studies on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interventions

This Horizon Scan provides an overview of existing DEI programs and practices to ultimately stimulate conversations and action that can advance DEI within health services and policy research.

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This paper presents four cases highlighting DEI interventions that increased diversity within academia and the scientific workforce. The interventions focus on:

  • Career development and training programs coupled with systemic efforts to reduce barriers to recruit and retain a diverse set of applicants.
  • Cluster hiring to increase retention, enhance socialization, and minimize feelings of isolation often felt by individuals from historically underrepresented groups within the field.
  • A commitment to career mentorship (e.g., resources and programs) for individuals at the beginning or mid-point of their research careers that goes beyond help writing grant applications.
  • Community-based participatory research in which researchers form real, equitable partnerships with community members and organizations to enhance and inform research projects and expand who is considered part of the research workforce.

The authors apply lessons from these interventions to the field of HSR and provide four recommendations to the field to increase workforce diversity:

  1. Implement multi-pronged strategies that target barriers to entry into the field for a diverse set of applicants at the individual, community, state, and federal levels.
  2. Focus hiring strategies at all levels—not just entry-level positions.
  3. Raise awareness of the health services and policy research field to a younger, more diverse generation of students.
  4. Track progress toward DEI goals.
Author, Researcher

Ángela Gutiérrez, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Postdoctoral Research Associate - University of Southern California (USC) Edward R. Roybal Institute on Aging

Ángela Gutiérrez is a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Southern California (USC) Edward R.... Read Bio

Author, Researcher

Krystle Palma Cobian, Ph.D.

Senior Research Analyst - Coordination and Evaluation Center for the Diversity Program Consortium

Krystle Palma Cobian is a senior research analyst at the Coordination and Evaluation Center for the Diversity ... Read Bio