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Let's Discuss: Engaging Underserved Communities in Clinical Trial Recruitment

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Today, in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, we highlighted the Army of Women --- an innovative clinical trial recruitment approach that has been successful in increasing the participation of racial/ethnic and other underrepresented groups in clinical trials. 
Our first speaker, Leah Eshraghi started our discussion with an overview of the Army of Women and how the Army seeks to “shift the paradigm” by leveraging its cadre of volunteers to work in partnership with scientists and educate the public about the importance of clinical research. Jennifer Ivanovich will spoke about  the Young Women With Breast Cancer Program and how through deploying the Army of Women were able to extend their reach - particularly to under-represented populations and harder to reach populations.
And now we turn the discussion over to you...
  • Are you a researcher who has worked with the Army of Women to extend the reach of your clinical accrual efforts? What has your learned from the experience?
  • Do you work in clinical trial accrual in your setting? Do you have any success stories to share?  What works in your cancer center/state/county/territory? What work still remains?
  • What did you take away from today's session?