Over the past few decades, the FDA has promoted enrollment practices that would lead to clinical trials that better reflect the population most likely to use the drug if the drug is approved, primarily through broadening eligibility criteria. Despite these efforts, challenges to participation in clinical trials remain, and certain groups continue to be underrepresented in many clinical trials. While the FDA has offered guidance on diversity and inclusion, there are many other resources available. We’ve collected some of these resources below.
AAFP’s Center for Diversity and Health Equity offers education and resources to help advocate for health equity, promote workforce diversity, and collaborate with other disciplines and organizations to reduce harmful health disparities. The EveryONE Project is their leading program created to address the social determinants of health to advance health equity in all communities. Find more information HERE.
It is the mission of the Asian Mental Health Collective (AMHC) to normalize and de-stigmatize mental health within the Asian community. AMHC aspires to make mental health easily available, approachable, and accessible to Asian communities worldwide. Through projects such as their Facebook group, resource library, video web-series, and meetup groups, AMHC hopes to not only provide mental health support, but also facilitate the difficult conversations we need to have to move forward together. Visit their website HERE.
Black Men In White Coats seeks to increase the number of black men in the field of medicine by exposure, inspiration, and mentoring. To accomplish this, we are partnering with various medical schools across the country to produce outstanding short documentary videos which bring awareness to this issue that not only affects the black male population, but also the nation as a whole. More information is available HERE.
Black Women In Clinical Research (BWICR) is a network of black women who are interested in a career in clinical research or currently working in the industry. We come together to educate, empower, support, and help black women thrive in the clinical research industry. Find information HERE.
Black Men In Clinical Research is a private Facebook group with a mission is to educate, empower, support, and help black men thrive in the clinical research industry. Join the Facebook group HERE.
IHS and NIH have partnered to operate the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program. The NARCH program, in operation since 2000, supports partnerships between American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) Tribes or Tribally-based organizations and institutions that conduct intensive biomedical, behavioral, or health services research. The NARCH program promotes opportunities for conducting academic-level research, providing research training and development for students, faculty members, and Tribal members to meet the health research needs of communities. The NARCH also supports the development of research capacity with the long term goal of reducing health disparities in AI/AN communities.
Latinos in Clinical Research was created with the sole purpose of increasing Latino participation within the clinical research industry. This includes both employment in the field as well as increasing participation in clinical trials and reducing disparities overall. More information is available HERE.
The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.
NMA is the largest and oldest national organization representing the interests of more than 50,000 African American physicians and their patients in the United States. NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Find further information at www.nmanet.org.
The Confess Project is the first and largest organization committed to building a culture of mental health for young men of color, boys and their families. We encourage cultural dialogue of African American males and speaking about emotional health. Our projects serve as the bridge for mental health disparities with marginalized males that will come in contact with/or seek treatment of any emotional related social issues. We empower frontline heroes in communities across America. More specifically, we train barbers to be mental health advocates. Find more information at www.theconfessproject.com
Commitment to diversity requires each of us to take an active role in promoting, supporting, and encouraging diversity throughout the research industry. With that in mind, STARR stakeholders have created a Diversity Pledge.
Temitope Keyes, Adaptive Clinical Systems (Co-chair)
Leslie Franceschi, Syneos Health (Co-chair)
Zach Mitchell, iResearch Atlanta
Shishuka Malhotra, Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research
Kimberly Wolf, Synergy San Diego
Patrick Ezeh, Biogen
Nadine McLeod, Biogen
Poorvi Chablani, Biogen
Sarah Titus, Sage
Taylor McCleod, Sage
Ariel Brown, Sage
Van Johnson, Benchmark Research
Nichole Gutierrez, Pillar Clinical Research
Tricia Gunter, ONO Pharma
Jennifer Gaskin, Centrexion
Irena Webster, Forma Therapeutics
Stacy Rumberger, Neuro-Behavioral Clinical Research
Mallory Mercer, The STARR Coalition
Please note: This list only includes those resources and groups that The STARR Coalition is familiar or affiliated with. If you know of other resources that could be included in this list, please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you!