Capacity Building & Training

The nation's population is increasingly diversifying. Health prevention efforts require a variety of trained professionals to lead multidisciplinary approaches to mitigate health challenges. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has recognized that achieving diversity in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences (collectively termed "biomedical") research workforce is critical. The NIH also expects efforts to diversify a robust workforce through institution-wide, and eventual nationwide implementation of successful training and mentoring strategies — these efforts are essential to current and future recruitment of talented researchers from all population groups.

Capacity building and training are imperative at all levels: from knowledge sharing in the community to formal educational training at the undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and faculty levels. CVP programs will support transformative approaches to student engagement, research training, mentoring, faculty development, and infrastructure development. Other methods call for the creation of institutional systems, networks and partnerships as integral to building health systems capacity.