Disparities and Clinical Trials

“I was able to participate in a clinical trial. It was like I was participating in helping out other patients. The medication that I was given during the trial is now approved and is being given to patients.” Gayle, Breast and Neuro-Endocrine Patient

To close the disparity gap in health care, we believe it is critical that medical centers and community organizations work collaboratively to ensure that scientific advancements address the needs of and ultimately reach those in the communities they serve. 

We encourage minority communities, specifically the Black and African American communities, to participate in our clinical trials for cancer treatments. The only way to ensure therapies work just as effectively on all different populations is if we have diversity among those choosing to participate in clinical trials.

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"As an African American physician-scientist actively involved in the management of patients with prostate cancer, I have witnessed the disproportionate severity of this disease burden among men of African origin, and I truly appreciate the importance of engaging with the community through the committee to inform additional research in this field with the goal of improving outcomes in this population"

- Kosj Yamoah, MD, Member of the COEE Research Integration Committee

Our Office of Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity (COEE) is nationally renowned as a model example of bringing together providers, researchers and community partners. Established in 2019, the COEE places health equity at the forefront of research, including clinical trials, helping to ensure that all aspects of the cancer center place specific emphasis on addressing the health disparities of those who are underserved and underrepresented.

Our patient outcomes often exceed the national average, in part because of our ongoing research efforts and our robust portfolio of clinical trials. We are focused on translating our research discoveries into new therapies, diagnostics, and supportive care for our patients.

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"The goal of the COEE is to maximize the impact of Moffitt’s clinical care, research, and outreach for our community, everything we do is driven by the perspectives and needs of the diverse communities we serve."

- Susan Vadaparampil, PhD, MPH, Associate Center Director of the Office of COEE

If you are interested in learning more about clinical trials, our clinical trial navigators can discuss your options and recommend opportunities that may be suitable for you. Call 813-745-6100 or 1-800-679-0775 (toll-free) or submit a clinical trials inquiry form. To learn more about how you can get involved or to request community outreach services from Moffitt Cancer Center, visit Moffitt.org/COEE. 

Clinical Trial Resources:

Are Clinical Trials Right for You?
How do Clinical Trials Work?