Salud Talks Podcast Episode 28: “Whitewashing Medical Research”


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Medical research studies help determine the direction of how doctors treat patients, administer medicine, diagnose sickness, and countless other aspects of treatment.

Statistically, Latinos and people of color are vastly underrepresented in these kinds of exploratory efforts. This matters as the knowledge gained and disseminated in these studies could influence whether or not a patient receives adequate care.

Dr. Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez, the Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Puerto Rico and one of the Principal Investigators of the Hispanic Clinical and Translational Research Education and Career Development program funded by National Institute of Health, joins Salud Talks to discuss this issue, and, her personal experience with it.

Check out this discussion on the Salud Talks Podcast, Episode 28, “Whitewashing Medical Research“! STE28 Whitewashing Medical Research Twitter Graphic

  • WHAT: A #SaludTalks discussion about medical research and the lack of diversity of subjects in those studies
  • GUEST: Dr. Bárbara Segarra-Vázquez, the Dean of the School of Health Professions at the University of Puerto Rico
  • WHERE: Available wherever fine podcasts are downloaded, including Apple Podcasts, SpotifySoundCloudTune In, and others
  • WHEN: The episode went live at 3 p.m., Apr. 29, 2020


In this episode, we explore questions such as:

  • Provide an overview of the current state of medical research studies — who is tested and who is not?
  • What is the current state of racial bias in medical research?
  • What can everyday individuals do to advocate for greater diversity in medical research studies?

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