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Minority Accrual Committee

Minority Accrual Committee

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center’s (Case CCC) overall goal is to provide equal access to research studies for all patients in the Case CCC catchment area. While the Case CCC leadership recognizes that achieving a clinical trial participant population that mirrors the overall minority patient population may not be feasible for many reasons which are similar to those faced by other institutions, this remains the Case CCC goal.  In an effort to minimize the gap between minority and non-minority patient participation in clinical trials, Case CCC has undertaken a variety of activities in areas such as research, education, and outreach.  A structured approach was facilitated by the establishment of a Minority Accrual Task Force, now a standing Case CCC Minority Accrual Committee (MAC).


To increase awareness and improve institutions’ ability to engage minority populations in understanding, communicating about and decision making regarding participation in research studies.


  • Provide direction for all minority clinical trial awareness and participation-related activities at participating institutions;
  • Increase awareness of racial/ethnic issues related to participation in research studies;
  • Identify and implement strategies to assist institutions and oncology clinicians and staff to discuss and address issues of clinical trials with minority patients, their families and caregivers;
  • Make clinicians and staff aware of existing barriers in minority participation in clinical trials;
  • Make clinicians and staff aware of existing resources to overcome barriers;
  • Develop new tools and appropriate training in the area of cultural competency;
  • Identify and implement best practices in the area of minority participation in clinical trials;
  • Bridge minority participation-related activities at individual institutions;
  • Provide a forum for members to report their respective activities and experiences, share ideas, and learn from one another; and
  • Provide a platform to collaborate among participating institutions on specific tasks.

Organization and Membership

The Minority Accrual Task Force was established in January 2010 with representatives from Case CCC and UH Seidman Cancer Center (SCC).  The goal of the Task Force was to identify specific plans to increase Case CCC minority awareness and participation in clinical trials to more closely mirror the UH patient population.  In March 2011, the Minority Accrual task Force developed a series of short-term, intermediate, and long-range recommendations to address the need for greater minority awareness and participation in clinical trials.  Areas of concentrated focus included: Institution, Physicians, Patients, Training & Education, Marketing & Media, Medical Community, Community Relationships, and Other. 

Case CCC MAC was established in June 2012, based on the activities and membership of the Minority Accrual Task Force.  At the time of MAC establishment, membership expanded to representatives from the Cleveland Clinic and community.  Currently, the Committee also includes representatives from the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities. 

MAC Chair: Smitha Krishnamurthi, MD, Medical Director, Case CCC Clinical Research Office

Cultural Inclusion and Awareness Series

The Case CCC Minority Accrual Committee (MAC) would like to introduce a new name, Cultural Inclusion and Awareness Series for the Cultural Competency Series.  The new name will allow the Committee to broaden the Series scope and post information which will have more research focus. 

September 19, 2017: Engaging Underrepresented Racial/Ethnic Populations in Clinical Trials

June 15, 2017: Health Disparities Data Widget

May 8, 2017: FDA Drug Trials Snapshots and Diversity When Testing New Drugs

December 1, 2016: SRHEC Debuts Cultural Competency Resource Guide and White Paper

April 5, 2016: National Minority Health Month

December 15, 2015: Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Cultural Competency Series

November 18, 2015: Cultural Competency and the Informed Consent Process

October 14, 2015: October is Health Literacy Month

October 2, 2015: Unconscious Bias: Cancer Clinical Trial Disparities in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations

August 24, 2015: Revised: Case CCC Clinical Research Brochure for African Americans

July 17, 2015: Reshaping Research: A Guide to Integrating Cultural Considerations into Research

June 19, 2015: What We Really Talk About When We Talk About Food

May 18, 2015: Think Cultural Health

March 30, 2015: Implicit Bias: An Introduction

February 9, 2015: Eliciting the Patient's Experience of Illness through Narrative and Reflection

January 26, 2015: Cultural Competency and the Research Process

January 12, 2015: Understanding Cultural Competency: Definitions and Concepts

December 8, 2014: Operationalizing Culturally Competent Research