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Innovative program expands clinical trial workforce, patient outreach in Hispanic communities

By Michaele Linden-Johnson, The Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP)

Talking about diversity, raising awareness about inequities, and challenging others to think about facing inclusivity challenges in new ways are vital, but there’s nothing quite like rolling up your sleeves and tackling a problem directly at the grassroots level.

Just ask Michaele Linden-Johnson, FACHE, MBA, LCSW, director of clinical trials and business development at the Medical Center of the Americas (MCA) Foundation Cardwell Collaborative in El Paso, Texas. She’s at the helm of a program designed to better serve the health and clinical trial needs of her nearly 90% Hispanic patient population in and around El Paso.

“We’re all about developing a workforce designed to reflect our patient population,” Linden-Johnson says.

As part of her work with the recently created Clinical Trials Academy at the MCA Foundation, Linden-Johnson and team members have posted some impressive results. Read more …