The American population is increasingly racially and ethnically diverse: the 2010 US Census reported four “minority-majority” states, including Texas, California, Hawaii, and New Mexico. However, clinical trials have struggled to reflect the diversity of our nation. This truth has concerning downstream implications: First, clinical research suffers. Second, the healthcare community falls short of its collective goal to achieve health equity.
Health centers, which serve a higher percentage of racially diverse populations, may be the "missing link" in making sure drugs and vaccines are safe and effective for the entire US population. A workable solution, however, must align with the the health center mission, respect the population's unique concerns and require minimal change to existing operations.
This white paper explores several main ideas:
• The downstream effects of a lack of socioeconomic, racial, and cultural diversity in clinical trials
• The socioeconomic and racial diversity of health center patient populations
• How health centers can assert a role in clinical research that helps achieve health equity for their patients
In discussing each of these areas, par8o sets the foundation for the par8o Research Network (PRN), a groundbreaking endeavor to improve disparity in healthcare treatment options accessible by the nation’s health center patients.