Closer Look: Reconciling Racial Distrust in Clinical Research

Dr. David Satcher, Dr. Natalie Hernandez and Dr. Priscilla Pemu joined Rose Scott in studio for this special edition of “Closer Look.”
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Wednesday on “Closer Look with Rose Scott”:

Today is a special edition of “Closer Look”, in partnership with the Morehouse School of Medicine, which looks at how to reconcile distrust within communities of color related to research.

  • 0:00: But first, Rose Scott gives a news brief on a flash flood warning issued by the National Weather Service in Peachtree City for parts of Cobb, Douglas and Fulton County.
  • 1:57: Dr. David Satcher served as the nation’s 16th surgeon general and former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He is the founder and senior adviser for the Satcher Health Leadership Institute housed at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Satcher talks about the lasting damaging effects of the Tuskegee syphilis experiments, which was called the “Tuskegee Study of Untreated Syphilis in the Negro Male,” and the distrust of research within the African-American community.
  • 21:18: Dr. Natalie Hernandez is an assistant professor in the Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine at the Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Hernandez’s expertise includes the health status and health needs of Latinos, promotores de salud (community lay health educators), HPV and cervical cancer among Latinas and other ethnoracial minorities, family planning, and health advocacy. We speak with her about best practices to increase minority participation in clinical trials and what barriers exist in enrolling a diverse population of patients, particularly for the Latino community.
  • 39:27: Dr. Priscilla Pemu leads the Morehouse School of Medicine in the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program, which is a growing precision medicine initiative with over 25 institutional collaborators across the United States. It is part of the SouthEast Enrollment Center (SEEC) network, awarding $4.45 million to the consortium during the first year. Dr. Pemu joins us to tell us more about the All of Us Research Program.

Closer Look is produced by Candace Wheeler, Emilia Brock and Trevor Young.