At a basic level, evidence-based health care is driven by data generated in clinical research, but for decades that data has contained a notable bias: the vast majority of research participants have been White. As a result, health care providers treating nonwhite patients draw from a smaller base of knowledge based on information from other ethnic and racial groups, which contributes in part to poorer health outcomes for millions.

The Community Engagement team at the SC CTSI, which explores various ways to achieve health equity across all populations and communities, has been studying ways to increase involvement of nonwhite participants in clinical research. Their Research Ambassador approach employs promotoras—community health workers who provide education and advocacy—to bring the facts of clinical research straight to the people, particularly those with Latino backgrounds.

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Mayra Rubio-Diaz
Program Specialist, Community Engagement

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