CTSA Sentinel Network study: Health research perceptions among underrepresented groups

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In interviews with nearly 6,000 residents of five U.S. cities, African-Americans were more likely than other racial and ethnic groups to express an interest in participating in medical research.

Appearing online ahead of print in the American Journal of Public Health, the findings are from a study conducted by five universities that are recipients of Clinical and Translational Science Awards funded by the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: Washington University in St. Louis; the University of California, Davis in Davis, Calif.; the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York City; and the University of Rochester in Rochester, N.Y.

With support from the CTSA program, the universities formed the CTSA Sentinel Network for Community-based Participatory Research. Lead investigator for the study was Linda Cottler, Ph.D., M.P.H., chair of the department of epidemiology at the University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions and the College of Medicine and co-director of the UF CTSI Community Engagement and Research Program.

The network has expanded to include UF and is now focused on a new study that aims to better understand outcomes of community engagement programs.

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