Developing a diversity and inclusion Cochrane US Mentoring Program

Session Type
Poster
Category
Capacity building in evidence synthesis
Authors
Duque T1, Andrenacci P2, Jahanfar S3, Pizarro AB4
1Cochrane Central Executive Team, USA
2Co-founder LiverNut, Argentina
3Tufts University School of Medicine, USA
4Clinical Research Center, FundaciĆ³n Valle del Lili, Cali, Colombia
Description

Background: Cochrane has several mentoring programs but to date they have included an objective of reaching participants in low-resource and historically marginalized settings, and individuals who may experience discrimination, health inequity, and lack of access to evidence-based healthcare curricula, experts, and materials. As such, the senior officer of the Cochrane US Network (Network) designed, implemented, and is currently running Year 2 of a mentoring program with these objectives.
Objectives:
Methods: Cochrane has several mentoring programs but to date they have included an objective of reaching participants in low-resource and historically marginalized settings, and individuals who may experience discrimination, health inequity, and lack of access to evidence-based healthcare curricula, experts, and materials. As such, the senior officer of the Cochrane US Network (Network) designed, implemented, and is currently running Year 2 of a mentoring program with these objectives.
Results: 15 participants of Y1 were surveyed; 66.7% (10) reported high satisfaction, 80% (12) recommended the program to others, and 93.3 % stated that the program reflects Cochrane objectives. Seven of nine mentees received scholarships for trainings, workshops, and conferences. Mentees were involved in 14 systematic reviews, two received paid internships, and eight of nine received job opportunities due to program participation. Four Y1 mentees are now Y2 mentors.
Conclusions: A clear need has been identified for additional programming and resources for students and health professionals hailing from under-resourced and marginalized settings. Cochrane is well-placed to provide these services, and indeed has as an organizational goal to impact global health equity and to turn evidence synthesis focus towards health inequities. Dedicated resources and personnel are needed to ensure continued success and reach.
Patient, public and/or healthcare consumer involvement: many mentees are patients, carers, and other consumers, from multiple counties.

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