I am a program specialist in the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) at the NIDDK. I provide specialized support for the Office’s training and career development programs, including the Short-Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP), the Summer Internship Program (SIP), the Network of Minority Research Investigators (NMRI), and the NMA Travel Awards Program. My work supports research and specific efforts to reduce health disparities—in the areas of diabetes, obesity, nutrition-related disorders, hepatitis C, gallbladder disease, H. Pylori infection, sickle cell disease, kidney diseases, and complications from HIV infection—among minority populations that fall under the NIDDK’s purview. The OMHRC helps implement the NIDDK’s strategic plan for health disparities and collaborates with other NIH offices, Centers, and Institutes to develop plans and funding in areas of significant disparities of mutual interest. Through the OMHRC, minority communities can provide relevant input into program and initiative development. The Office also works with program staff on initiatives to recruit and train minority biomedical investigators, who are currently in short supply.