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Including Diverse Populations

Learn more about Including Diverse Populations.

  • What's It All About

    The importance of including diverse populations in clinical and translational research is widely accepted and it is critical for better understanding diseases and condition-related in diverse groups of individuals. 

    Despite multiple national level efforts in the past two decades, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those aged 65 years or older remain under-represented in clinical and translational research. Additionally, clinical care and translational research among populations across the lifespan, particularly those studies which focus on chronic conditions, are faced with exceptional challenges; including complexity in care, barriers in continuing care (i.e. pediatric to adult care), and secondary health issues resulting from long-term treatment or survivorship of disease.

    The Including Diverse Populations (IDP) core supports GHUCCTS vision which emphasizes developing translational research that will have significant impact on populations with health disparities, who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in research. GHUCCTS priority populations include people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds, people with limited English proficiency (LEP), people with disabilities, older adults, and Veterans.

    For more information on the importance of including diverse communities in health research, click on the links below:

    Clinical Trials Have Far Too Little Racial and Ethnic Diversity

    FDA Encourages More Participation, Diversity in Clinical Trials

  • Who is Responsible

    Florencia Gonzalez, MPH
    HU Director, Including Diverse Populations
    Community Networks Manager, Community Engagement
    Howard University

    Kathryn Turner, BSN, RN, CPN
    GU Director, Including Diverse Populations
    Nurse Manager, Clinical Research Unit
    Georgetown University Medical Center


    Committee Members

    Charles Howell, M.D.
    Chair, Department of Medicine, Howard University Hospital
    Professor, Howard University College of Medicine

    Jane Otado, PhD
    Interim Director, REKS
    GHUCCTS

    Alice Ukaegbu, DNP, MSN, FNP-BC, APRN
    Nurse Manager
    Howard University Clinical Research Unit
    College of Medicine

  • Resources

    IDP supports investigators through consultation services for all phases of research.  We assist investigators navigate and leverage resources to address barriers for successful recruitment of diverse populations in research.

    For more information on consultation support, contact Florencia Gonzalez at florencia.gonzalez@howard.edu or at 202-865-7743.

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