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In commemoration of Black History Month, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) kicks off the 2011 NIH Health Disparities Seminar Series on February 17, 2011 with a focus on the issue of recruiting and retaining minorities in clinical research.
The low participation of racial/ethnic minorities in clinical trials remains a major concern for researchers. Research points to several factors that contribute to the underrepresentation of minorities in clinical trials including low literacy, cost or lack of health insurance, lack of awareness, mistrust, religious, spiritual and cultural beliefs.
The NIH supports various innovative activities to increase the participation of minorities in clinical research, and is pleased to welcome Dr. Stephen B. Thomas and Dr. Sandra Crouse Quinn co-principal investigators at the University of Maryland's Center for Health Equity as the featured speakers for the February seminar. Their presentation will focus on strategies aimed at increasing minority participation in biomedical and public health research, as well as the influence of researchers as potential barriers to the low participation rate. Our speakers will present highlights of the work being done through their NIH Bioethics Research Infrastructure Initiative: Building Trust between Minorities and Researchers, including media products created as part of the Building Trust curriculum initiatives