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Tuesday, June 26 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
#258: Reaching the Underserved: Methods to Ensure Diversity and Inclusion for Patient Research, Clinical Trials, and Advisory Panels

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Component Type: Forum
Level: Intermediate
CE: ACPE 1.25 Knowledge UAN: 0286-0000-18-594-L04-P; CME 1.25; IACET 1.25; RN 1.25

A look at experiences and lessons learned from the autoimmune and neurology fields.

Learning Objectives

Identify common challenges and pitfalls in recruiting underserved patients for research activities; Discuss best practices for recruiting and engaging with diverse groups of patients in activities such as patient insights research and clinical trials; Apply effective models of collaboration and education to address challenges around engaging underrepresented groups in research.


Hollie Schmidt, MS


Strengthening the Bridge Between Diverse Patient Populations and the Clinical Trial Journey
Yaritza Peña

Best Practices for Patient Insights Research: Engaging a Diverse Population
Kelly Franchetti, BSN, RN

Strength in Diversity: How a Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Network is Addressing Minority Underrepresentation in MS Research
Hollie Schmidt, MS

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Kelly Franchetti

Vice President, Global Head Patient Insights and Engagement, ICON plc
Kelly Franchetti has a diverse background comprised of nursing, patient advocacy and clinical research. This broad range of experiences gives her a unique view of patients’ and caregiver’s perspectives in the realm of disease management and treatment. As a critical care nurse... Read More →
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Yaritza Peña

Research Analyst, Tufts Center For the Study of Drug Development
Yaritza Peña's research focuses primarily on drug development trends, outsourcing, and patient recruitment and retention. Ms. Peña received a BS from Bentley University in Economics with a concentration in Information Design and Corporate Communications. She has experience conducting... Read More →
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Hollie Schmidt

Vice President of Scientific Operations, Accelerated Cure Project, United States
Hollie Schmidt is the VP of Scientific Operations at the Accelerated Cure Project, a research-focused patient advocacy organization for MS. She has planned, developed, and directed numerous initiatives aimed at creating research resources and bridging different stakeholder communities... Read More →

Tuesday June 26, 2018 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Room 151AB Boston Convention and Exhibition Center 415 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 USA
  05: Patient Engagement, Forum