Miles College Partnership Promotes Equity in COVID-19 Vaccinations and Clinical Research Trials
Miles College has partnered with Acclinate, a healthcare solutions provider integrating culture and technology to educate and engage diverse individuals to make informed decisions about genomic research and clinical trial participation.
The purpose of the partnership is for students and faculty to make informed decisions around their health and act as ambassadors by educating their communities and families.
#NOWINCLUDED will conduct bi-weekly virtual workshops for students and offer topics such as residential learning in living during COVID-19, building on-line learning communities, and maintaining academic and emotional health during COVID-19.
“Essential to this partnership is the stark realization that the African American community has been historically omitted from significant consideration for clinical trials and research for cures to the most critical public health threats.”Bobbie Knight, Miles College President.
Acclinate co-founder, Tiffany Whitlow said, “Our partnership with Miles is right on target for what we’d like to see happening with minority students throughout the nation. The sooner we can help them prioritize their health, the better their lives will be beyond college and well into adulthood. This will not only help them but also their future families.”
Acclinate co-founder and former HBCU business dean, Del Smith, says that, “I know firsthand how interconnected issues of education and health are. President Knight is to be commended for her innovative thinking and associated action when it comes to bettering not only the education, but the health of her student population.”