Improving Clinical Trial Diversity is Critical to Health Equity

Enhancing clinical trial diversity is a highly complex challenge that requires a community-based, multi-stakeholder approach.

Learn more about PhRMA’s efforts to address the systemic barriers that can deter underserved communities from participating in clinical trials, so that people who want to participate, can.

Equitable Breakthroughs in Medicine Development is a comprehensive effort to increase diversity in clinical trials and address systemic barriers to participation by communities of color. This effort seeks to help underrepresented patients be more involved in the research and development of potential life-saving medical treatments.

Funded by a grant from PhRMA, Equitable Breakthroughs in Medicine Development will work over the next 18-months to bring together diverse communities, patients, providers, health partners, community organizations and academic institutions, along with the support of the pharmaceutical industry, to pilot a network of sustainable, connected, community-based trial sites.

Community-based trial sites will:

  • Partner with trusted messengers and community leaders to raise education, awareness, and support for clinical trial participation.
  • Provide the resources and technical support for local sites to be successful, sustainable, and thrive.
  • Build training opportunities and mentorship for investigators and staff.
  • Changing the Paradigm to Enhance Clinical Trial Diversity

    Since June of 2020, PhRMA has convened thousands of stakeholders as we have worked to explore a new potential infrastructure with diverse communities, health systems and academia that seeks to show proof of concept for a network of connected, community-rooted trial sites.

    With strong support from the biopharmaceutical industry, this effort seeks to create a sustainable, community-based infrastructure focused on clinical trial diversity.

    Updates on Our Progress

    Clinical Trial Diversity

    Insights From Our Stakeholder Workshop

    A still image from an online video interview featured in PhRMA's Clinical Trial Diversity stakeholder workshop

    In June 2021, 500+ health care and community members from over 150 organizations came together at PhRMA’s first stakeholder workshop focused on improving diversity in clinical trials.

    Take a look at the highlights from the in-depth conversations.

    Health Equity

    PhRMA Announces Nearly $500k In Health Equity Grants

    PhRMA is dedicated to building a more equitable health care system.

    The PhRMA CAREs grant program provides financial awards to community-based organizations that work to address health inequities.

    Learn more about the latest round of awardees and their efforts to improve access to medicines.

    Talent

    2021 Pathways To Success Graduate Summit

    infographic detailing 608 attendees and 224 schools represented at the PhRMA graduate summit

    Last year, PhRMA held our inaugural graduate summit and career expo, Pathways to Success in Biopharma. Over the course of the two-day summit, we welcomed over 600 virtual attendees representing 224 schools from across the country.

    Last year, PhRMA held our inaugural graduate summit and career expo, Pathways to Success in Biopharma. Over the course of the two-day summit, we welcomed over 600 virtual attendees representing 224 schools from across the country.

    Talent

    2021 Pathways To Success Graduate Summit

    infographic detailing 608 attendees and 224 schools represented at the PhRMA graduate summit

    Last year, PhRMA held our inaugural graduate summit and career expo, Pathways to Success in Biopharma. Over the course of the two-day summit, we welcomed over 600 virtual attendees representing 224 schools from across the country.

    Last year, PhRMA held our inaugural graduate summit and career expo, Pathways to Success in Biopharma. Over the course of the two-day summit, we welcomed over 600 virtual attendees representing 224 schools from across the country.