The complexities of conducting public health research on minority populations

Allison J. Huff, Darrell Norman Burrell, Quatavia McLester, Margaret J. Crowe, Delores Springs, Aleha M. Ingle, Kiana S. Zanganeh, Kevin Richardson, Laura Ann Jones, Elizabeth I. Omotoye

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The study focuses on ethical, cultural, and research into the public health sector. The content analysis of research identifies disproportionate knowledge of implications affecting the misappropriated, disenfranchised, and institutionalized minority segments of the general population affected by COVID-19 cases. Historic mistreatment of minority individuals, inmates, and the military has left a lasting negative impression of clinical research on minority groups. In 1932, the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) began a public health research study on the lethality of syphilis using African American men from Macon County, Alabama as research subjects. Referred to as the Tuskegee Syphilis Studies (or Tuskegee Experiments), researchers monitored 600 subjects, 399 of which were previously infected with the syphilis bacteria. This paper looks at the historical contexts of the lack of bioethics during Tuskegee Experiments and how it currently influences African-Americans reluctance early on to get the COVID-19 vaccines and reluctance to participate in clinical trials research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationUsing Crises and Disasters as Opportunities for Innovation and Improvement
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781668495230
ISBN (Print)9781668495223
StatePublished - Nov 27 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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