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From the NIH Director: NIH 2019 Black History Month

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

Dear NIH Family,

NIH is proud to once again recognize Black History Month. The theme is, “Celebrating the Contributions of African American Scientists Past and Present.” Throughout history, African American scientists have made outstanding contributions toward the advancement of science in numerous areas, including research, medicine, invention, and administration.

In recognition of Black History Month, the Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), in collaboration with the National Library of Medicine and the Network of African American Fellows at NIH, will host an exhibit celebrating and honoring the contributions of African American scientists from NIH. During the month of February, this exhibit will provide an opportunity for the NIH community to come together and celebrate the accomplishments of African American scientists and their roles in the advancement of biomedical research.

Additionally, please visit the EDI blog to learn about four of our very own “Change Agents.” They are everyday people who do small things that contribute significantly to the NIH mission. I encourage you to support the work of the NIH Black Special Emphasis Portfolio. Read about EDI and NIH-wide efforts to improve the outreach, recruitment, retention, and advancement of this and other diverse populations on the EDI website.

For more information, please contact EDI’s Black Portfolio Strategist Victoria A. Gross at 301.451.0746.

Sincerely yours,

Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.

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