Women's History Month 2019

Women’s History Month 2019

Celebrating The Whole Woman

The Whole

This year's theme is "The Whole Woman". The Women’s Engagement Committee is focusing on the issues that are most important to women and their mental, physical, or emotional well-being. There is work that begins long before a woman gets to the lab, her office, or her cubicle at the NIH each day. Join us in educating, advocating and promoting womanhood so that we can fulfill our multifaceted roles at large.

A woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to create, nurture and transform.
— Diane Mariechild

Conversation with Dr. Anna Nápoles

Joy Gaines, NIH’s Women’s Portfolio Strategist, sat down to have a conversation with Dr. Anna María Nápoles, Ph.D., M.P.H. In this exclusive, first-look interview, Dr. Nápoles shares her unique perspective as woman in science and the NIH’s the first Latina Scientific Director.

Discussed in this interview:

  • Motivating setbacks
  • Debunking myths
  • "Truths I know for sure"
  • Mentorship and leadership
  • Her research and why it is important
  • Vision for the future personally and professionally
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Vision for the Research

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Setback as a Career Scientist

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Minority Community

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Lack of Access in Minority Community

Dr. Anna Nápoles

Dr. Anna María Nápoles comes to the NIH by way of the University of California, San Francisco where she served as a professor and behavioral epidemiologist in the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, since 2001.

Here at NIH, her focus is squarely on population health with an emphasis on social, behavioral and clinical research. She oversees the executive direction and scientific leadership for the entire Intramural Research Program at the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

She earned her bachelor’s degree from Ponoma College in Claremont, California, received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the University of California Berkley and has published over 75 journal articles.

Upon her appointment, NIMHD Director Dr. Eliseo Perez-Stable said, "Dr. Nápoles will provide NIMHD with a unique insight as the first Latina scientific director. Her breadth of knowledge and notable scientific contributions are exactly what the NIMHD needs to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving health disparities environment for all race/ethnic minorities."

He continued, "Her extensive research experience, collaborative nature and expertise within the scientific community will make her a great addition to the NIMHD team. Anna is the embodiment of one of the NIMHD Intramural Research Program’s major objectives, which is to add to the diversity of individuals and research disciplines in the NIH intramural program."

EDI Game Changer

Dr. Susan Buchanan

Chief of the Section on Structural Biology of Membrane Proteins in the National Institute for Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), Dr. Buchanan administers a research group of about eight people. As Chief of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, she oversees nine other research groups (about 100 people in total). Out of a total of 19 labs and branches at the institute, Dr. Buchanan is the only woman in this position.

EDI has named Dr. Susan Buchanan an EDI Game Changer. Read more about her research and her efforts to promote women in leadership positions.

The strongest actions for a woman is to love herself, be herself and shine amongst those who never believed she could.
— Anonymous