The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is ushering in a new era of broadened engagement of African American and Latino communities in clinical trials. Particularly given the unethical and illegal behaviors involved with the Tuskegee Experiment and the intentional absence or lack of critical information for the involved subjects by governmental officials, NBCI utilizes important lessons learned from this historic medical abuse and ALL others experienced within Black and Latino communities for generating robust communication, demonstration, and education strategies toward substantially improving clinical trial participation.
NBCI has launched its search for Black, Latino, and other minority researchers who are interested in becoming principals and co-investigators for clinical research studies. Given the type of insight gained about the involvement of underrepresented populations within clinical research, NBCI seeks to manage a database of individuals interested in becoming principal or co-principal investigators in related research projects. NBCI is interested in providing opportunities to currently emerging and/or more seasoned researchers or scholars from traditionally underrepresented groups to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion is maintained within this field.
Top 3 Reasons Clinical Trials Are Safe
In Dr. William Carson’s experience, he says, “It is as difficult today to get African Americans to participate in clinical trials as it was 20 years ago.” Why is that? Many of us are fearful about clinical trials, recalling the Tuskegee Experiment and others. Or, we are uninformed about what really happens during participation in a clinical trial. In this “CEO Spotlight” segment, Dr. Carson, former CEO of Otsuka, shares his insights on why more Black Americans should participate in clinical trials. Watch the full interview with Dr. Carson here.