logo-tulanelogo-xavierXavier 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.