Xavier University of Louisiana's Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research & Education (CMHDRE) has been awarded extended funding in partnership Tulane University for LA-CEAL 2.0 (Louisiana Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19) and has conducted community education, awareness, and engagement around inclusive participation of racial minorities in clinical trials. CMHDRE hosted virtual focus group discussions with community members to identify the barriers to clinical trial participation and to discuss community recommendations for improving diversity within clinical trials and health research. Suggested improvements that arose during discussions included accurate messaging and community education, trusted leadership, diversity within researcher and trial leadership, continued engagement with participants, among others. The partnership team hopes to continue this work and extend its engagement to address concerns with diverse Louisiana communities.
Xavier University has been awarded extended funding in partnership Tulane University for LA-CEAL 2.0
February 1, 2022
About the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science (LA CaTS) Center
The LA CaTS Center is comprised of three primary collaborating institutions in the state, including LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, and Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans – and also includes six research partners: LSU Health in Shreveport, Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, and in New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, Children’s Hospital, Ochsner Health System, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System, and University Medical Center. The LA CaTS Center’s vision for Louisiana encompasses the strengths and capacities unique to each member institution and represents a unified, comprehensive approach for targeting prevention, care and research of chronic diseases in the underserved population. The scholar program is supported in part by U54 GM104940 from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health which funds the Louisiana Clinical and Translational Science Center. For more information, please visit www.lacats.org.