Lack of participation of minorities in clinical trials is a key factor in continuing health inequities. Currently, few models exist of collaboration among multiple institutions and community partners to develop solutions that increase minority participation in clinical trials.
Northwestern’s Center for Community Health is currently collaborating with three other academic institutions in Chicago, on the “Diverse Participation in Clinical Trials” (DPCT) pilot project. Initially connected through their participation in C3 (a multi-institutional partnership among the universities in the Chicago area with Clinical and Translational Science Awards from the National Institutes of Health), the participating institutions include:
- Northwestern University
- Rush University Medical Center
- University of Chicago
- University of Illinois at Chicago
Through a call for proposals process, these collaborators provided funding and brought on Project Brotherhood* as the community partner to complete the DPCT project team. Consistent with Center for Community Health principles, our approach aims to address this public health concern via equitable engagement of community and academic partners.
The DPCT project continues transforming relationships among institutions engaged in health science research and the Chicago communities. Through this collaboration, we aim to:
- Identify and engage community partners in developing a framework to better engage minority communities in clinical research;
- Increase awareness of clinical trial results through dissemination of data from clinical trials to community members in a community friendly language;
- Develop a model of best practices in engaging communities of color in clinical research;
- Demonstrate benefit of multi-institutional collaboration to address public health disparities.