Achieving Inclusive Clinical Research


Achieving Inclusive Clinical Research  

June 15, 2017  |  Best Practice

1. Improve Communication 

The healthcare industry, especially clinical research professionals, need to do better job of communicating with patients and diverse patient groups about drug usage, dosing, and potential side effects, based on patients’ demographics.

2. Treat Participants as Humans, Not Subjects

Healthcare professionals and researchers need to humanize and update research methods in ways that the community can understand and comfortably accept.

3. Build Long-Term, Trusting Relationships

Participants in the clinical trial space (sponsors, investigators, coordinators, community networks and subjects/patients) need to make a heightened effort to increase communication and build relationships.

4. Leverage New, Innovative Tools & Methods

Healthcare professionals and researchers need to conduct home visits and use social media platforms as research tools.

5. Make Diversity an Organizational Priority 

Organizations need to continue to advocate for minority inclusion in their clinical trials and support success of these efforts by tracking increased inclusion on a live basis.


To learn more health equity best practices, attend an upcoming CHI educational event.


Joseph Gaspero

CEO and Co-Founder at CHI

Jenna DiPofi

Analyst at CHI

Fanding Wang

Senior Analyst at CHI



2017 Diversity, Inclusion & Life Sciences Symposium Executive Summary

Joseph Gaspero is the CEO and Co-Founder of CHI. He is a healthcare executive, strategist, and researcher. He co-founded CHI in 2009 to be an independent, objective, and interdisciplinary research and education institute for healthcare. Joseph leads CHI’s research and education initiatives focusing on including patient-driven healthcare, patient engagement, clinical trials, drug pricing, and other pressing healthcare issues. He sets and executes CHI’s strategy, devises marketing tactics, leads fundraising efforts, and manages CHI’s Management team. Joseph is passionate and committed to making healthcare and our world a better place. His leadership stems from a wide array of experiences, including founding and operating several non-profit and for-profit organizations, serving in the U.S. Air Force in support of 2 foreign wars, and deriving expertise from time spent in industries such as healthcare, financial services, and marketing. Joseph’s skills include strategy, management, entrepreneurship, healthcare, clinical trials, diversity & inclusion, life sciences, research, marketing, and finance. He has lived in six countries, traveled to over 30 more, and speaks 3 languages, all which help him view business strategy through the prism of a global, interconnected 21st century. Joseph has a B.S. in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago. When he’s not immersed in his work at CHI, he spends his time snowboarding backcountry, skydiving, mountain biking, volunteering, engaging in MMA, and rock climbing.