The Importance of Latino Representation in Health Research

By NHCOA Media. This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Precision medicine is a new approach to disease treatment and prevention that considers differences in people’s lifestyles, environment, and biological makeup, including their genetics.

Many groups, especially communities of color, have been historically underrepresented in health research. This disparity was highlighted with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has affected different demographic groups in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic made this disparity even more visible as the pandemic has affected every community differently. A 2021 study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association analyzed 230 medical trials in the United States between 2011 and 2020 and found that, of those that reported race,.... Read More

             

The need to expand clinical trials to include communities of color

This article originally appeared on the NHCOA blog.

Health care must always meet the best standards in order to care for the population, and this can only be achieved through informed and accurate decision-making based on the results of health studies. Health care requires clinical research to find new and better treatments for diseases such as diabetes, cancer, heart conditions, etc.

Research ensures that treatments and medicines are based on scientific evidence and it ensures the safety and effectiveness of drugs. Clinical trials and research participants should be representative of the diversity of the country’s demographics, however, data show that some communities are often left out of health research.

When we look at health research on diseases that disproportionately.... Read More