The Integrating Special Populations (ISP) Program of the MACHE and the Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI) aims to assist Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist investigators by increasing involvement of special populations in clinical studies in order to build trust between communities and researchers though: training, voucher programs, language services, research navigation and consultations. The program especially encourages research opportunities for:
- Older adults (65 years of age and older)
- Children and adolescents (17 years of age and younger)
- Underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities
The goal of the ISP program is to offer services to support clinical studies in the inclusion of special populations to:
- Meet the health needs of patients across diverse populations.
- Increase knowledge about the extent to which different subgroups might respond to prevention.
- Diagnose and treat diseases and assure the safety and effectiveness of prevention.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Learning about your health risks can help you know how to prevent disease
- If you have a health condition or disease, research can help provide you with new or more effective treatment options
- Research helps healthcare providers learn how to diagnose health conditions earlier, so treatment can be provided sooner
- All communities and cultures are unique, and health conditions impact all of us differently. When your community participates in research, we can better understand how treatments affect different groups, and what might work better for some groups compared to others.
- We can also better understand why some health conditions impact some communities more severely than others, which can help prevent them in the future.
- Participating in research helps make sure your community has a voice! We want to know about the things that impact your health from you and your community, so we can work together to address them.
- The Integrating Special Populations program helps researchers provide transportation, child and adult care, compensation for your time, and other resources to help you participate in research!
- If you are considering participating in a research study, you can mention the Integrating Special Populations (ISP) program to any Wake Forest researcher or staff member