UNITE

About

Venn diagram displaying the three UNITE domains.

UNITE acts as a think tank to promote equity, generate bold ideas, and catalyze new actions. Collectively, it identifies and addresses any structural racism that may exist within the NIH and throughout the biomedical and behavioral workforce. UNITE facilitates activities to identify opportunities, make recommendations, and develop and implement strategies to spur widescale, systematic change.

The UNITE initiative focuses on three primary domains—health disparities/minority health research (HD/MH), internal NIH workforce, and external biomedical and behavioral research workforce—that intersect and enable greater transparency, accountability, and communications across NIH and the biomedical and behavioral research community. UNITE’s four focus areas underwritten by data on this page reflect the three key domains in the Venn diagram.

UNITE At a Glance

UNITE Report

UNITE Progress Report

This inaugural report highlights select accomplishments associated with UNITE’s four focus areas, centering on UNITE’s initial impact on health disparities and minority health research funding, the external biomedical and behavioral workforce, and NIH staff. The report also describes UNITE’s genesis and their plans for expanding UNITE’s efforts.

UNITE Co-Chair’s Corner

Monthly updates from UNITE’s co-chairs and committee leadership.

Advisory Committee Updates

UNITE priorities and updates shared during the Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) meetings.

Funding Opportunities

How UNITE helps NIH to provide research funding for greater innovation.

Inclusiveness is Powerful

NIH diversified imagery helps reflect rich diversity of the NIH workforce.

Events

UNITE presents the latest data and ideas on diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility in the biomedical workforce and in research.

Milestones & Progress

UNITE helps identify and address racial inequities in the greater scientific community.

UNITE's Four Focus Areas

Focus Area 1 ensures that ICs prioritize health disparities and minority health research (HD/MH) across clinical trials and human subject research.

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As a result of ideas generated by UNITE, initiatives in this focus area were developed to promote diversity and inclusion in the NIH extramural research ecosystem.

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Efforts in Focus Area 3 concentrate on enhancing equity within the NIH internal workforce, role modeling expectations of the external biomedical system.

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Greater data transparency and availability enhances stakeholder efforts to address structural racism and discrimination.

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UNITE'S Five Committees

Five UNITE committees with more than 80 NIH staff volunteers concentrate on catalyzing change and enacting real solutions to foster equity for all. Each committee has a unique mission, while working collaboratively to develop methods that enhance equity across the scientific enterprise.

UNITE Leadership, Program Support, and Staff Volunteers

UNITE Co-Chairs

Marie A. Bernard, M.D.
NIH Office of the Director/Chief Officer for
Scientific Workforce Diversity

Noni Byrnes, Ph.D.
NIH Center for Scientific Review

Alfred Johnson, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director/Office of Management

Tara A. Schwetz, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

UNITE Program Support

Brittany Chao, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Marzjah Esther, M.P.H.
NIH Office of the Director

U Committee Members

Courtney Aklin, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
NIH Office of the Director

Shelli Avenevoli, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Mental Health

Mia Rochelle Lowden, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Nursing Research 

Anna Amar, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Irene Avila, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Tanya Chakraborty, M.S.
NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Dexter Collins, M.P.A.
Fogarty International Center

Kevin Davis, M.Ed.
Center for Information Technology

Cara Finley, M.P.H.
NIH Office of the Director

Joanna Goldfarb
National Library of Medicine

Jamie Gulin, M.P.H.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Patricia Haggerty, Ph.D.
NIH Office of Dietary Supplements

John Haller, Ph.D.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Shadab Fatima Hussain, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Conchita Lawrence
NIH Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Charlene Le Fauve, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Karen Lee, M.D., M.P.H.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Flair Lindsey
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Leslie Littlejohn
National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases

Laura Long, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Troy Muhammad, Ed.D., M.S.
National Cancer Institute

Cristina Nigro, Ph.D., M.S.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Karen Perkins, M.Ed.
NIH Clinical Center

Melanie Reagan
National Eye Institute

Elizabeth Sekine
National Institute on Mental Health

Denesha Simmons
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health

Kelly Ten Hagen, Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Vidya Vedham, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

N Committee Members

Kathy Etz, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Monica Webb Hooper, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Xinzhi Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.E., F.R.S.N. — Co-Chair
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Vence Bonham, J.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute

Juanita Chinn, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

Janine Clayton, M.D.
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Christine Cutillo, M.M.C.i.
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Marzjah Esther, M.P.H.
NIH Office of the Director

Daryl Holder, M.S.
NIH Clinical Center

Vanessa Marshall, Ph.D.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities

Nathan Moore, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Joan Romaine, M.P.H., M.S.
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Asha Storm
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Shannon Zenk, Ph.D., M.P.H, R.N.
National Institute of Nursing Research

I Committee Members

Trevor Archer, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Laura Koehly, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Human Genome Research Institute

Kevin Williams, J.D. — Co-Chair
NIH Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 

Talin Barnes
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Charles Egwuagu, M.P.H., Ph.D.
National Eye Institute

Melissa Espinoza, M.P.H.
National Institute on Aging

Courtney Fitzhugh, M.D.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Kendall Hill
Center for Scientific Review

Camille Hoover, M.S.W.
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Charlene Le Fauve, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director (Ex Officio)

Shawn Lewis
National Institute of Nursing Research

Joe Martin
NIH Office of the Director

Shelma Middleton Little, Ph.D.
Division Director for Data Analytics and Customer Outreach, Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) and I Committee Advisor

Darryl Murray, Ph.D.
NIH Office of the Director

Brenda Robles
NIH Clinical Center

Victoria Rucker
NIH Office of the Director

Shaun Sims
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

T Committee Members

Amy Bany Adams, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Mohammed Aiyegbo, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

John Burklow — Co-Chair
NIH Office of the Director

Albert Avila, Ph.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Marzjah Esther, M.P.H.
NIH Office of the Director

Sadhana Jackson, M.D. 
National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Paule Joseph, Ph.D.
NIH Office of Intramural Research

Traci M. Murray, Ph.D., M.P.H., R.N., NHDP-BC, CPH
National Institute on Drug Abuse

Eric Refsland, Ph.D.
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Cathy Rowe
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Wendy Rueda
National Cancer Institute

Eric Sid, M.D.
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Wayne Wang, Ph.D.
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

 

E Committee Members

Ericka Boone, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
NIH Office of Extramural Research

Jon Lorsch, Ph.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Anna E. Ordóñez, M.D. — Co-Chair
National Institute of Mental Health

Eddie Billingslea, Ph.D.
NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health

Tiffany Calvert, M.Ed.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Rena D’Souza, M.S., D.D.S., Ph.D.
National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research

Zeynep Erim, Ph.D.
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Leonardo Garzon-Velez
Fogarty International Center

Bettie Graham, Ph.D.
National Human Genome Research Institute

Leah Hubbard, Ph.D.
National Cancer Institute

Patricia Jones, M.S., M.P.H., Dr.PH.
National Institute on Aging

Vonda Smith, Ph.D.
Center for Scientific Review

Mark Stevens, D.P.A.
NIH Office of the Director/Office of Management

James Washington, M.S., Ph.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Maryam Zaringhalam, Ph.D.
National Library of Medicine

This page last reviewed on January 26, 2023