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Hidden Barriers: How the demographics of clinical trials can hurt people of color

How the demographics of clinical trials can hurt people of color

Medical research in the U.S. has a dark history, particularly when it comes to the Black community. This has led many in communities of color to distrust the institution of medicine. Across the nation, 60% of Americans as a whole said they will get a COVID-19 vaccine. But, among Black people, that number drops to 42%, compared with 83% of Asians, 63% of Latinx, and 61% of white adults, according to the Pew Research Center. Crosscut investigates what that means for research and treatment, and why representation matters when it comes to clinical studies.

What's in a name?

Much of our natural landscape still bears evidence of colonization in the names. Some of our most beloved places, such as Mount Rainier, serve as reminders of injustices committed against Indigenous communities. While fixing history goes beyond giving these spaces new titles, acknowledging Native languages and names is an important first step.

Historia de dos aguas

Un 40% de Seattle es agua, pero no todos los cuerpos de agua son creados iguales. Hace 60 años, el lago Washington fue limpiado a expensas del río Duwamish y los residentes que dependen de él. Luego de décadas de contaminación, una comunidad de migrantes e indígenas en su mayoría se lleva la peor parte de los estragos ambientales.

A tale of two waters

Seattle is about 40% water, but not all of our bodies of water are created equal. Sixty years ago, Lake Washington was cleaned at the expense of the Duwamish River and the residents who rely on it. Decades of pollution have left a largely immigrant and Indigenous community to bear the environmental burden.

How the Pandemic Is Changing Us

Dr. Nicholas Christakis, a physician and a sociologist at Yale University, discusses the psychological burdens we each bear due to the pandemic, the irreversible changes to our culture and what it will look like when we return to a new "normal."