|Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality
CPRHE invites you to participate in a conference call on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at 8:30 p.m.
Please call 1-712-432-3030. The Access Code is 418109. The call is free of charge. Time is of the
essence. We must move immediately if we are to bring relief to members of our congregations, as
well as to other African-Americans and other people of color.
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The aim of Clergy and Providers for Racial Healthcare Equality (CPRHE) a not-for-profit
organization, is to dramatically reduce the growing number of racial healthcare disparities, such as
obesity, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, cancer, hepatitis C, HIV/AIDS and other diseases that
disproportionately affect people of color.
Outstanding among the disparities CPRHE hopes to change is the deplorably severe shortage of
people of color in clinical trials. CPRHE agrees with the National Medical Association, which
represents the interests of black physicians: “The inadequate representation of African Americans
in biomedical and clinical research has a negative impact on their quality of care.”
CPRHE seeks to create Congressional and state legislation to require drug companies to increase
the number of blacks and other people of color in privately financed clinical trials in order to reduce
the number of disparities. Pharmaceutical and biotech companies are required by law to have
sufficient minority inclusion when government monies are involved, but there is no requirement for
minority participation when studies are privately funded. Privately-funded studies should be
required to use the same minimum percentage of minorities in their clinical trials as government-
CPRHE hopes to achieve its goals by demanding action from pharmaceutical and biotech
companies, hospitals, as well as insurance and other healthcare industries that receive government
funds. They must stop their massive racial discriminatory practices that adversely affect patient care
Discrimination is rampant throughout the healthcare industry. There are serious shortages of
minority executives, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, technicians and others in the healthcare
fields. CPRHE hopes to create more equitable hiring and career programs for minorities, as well as
to extend contracts to minority vendors.
CPRHE aims to set up health ministries at churches, especially small, grass-roots churches, to
provide healthcare to their congregants, while forging a partnership with local hospitals and other
CPRHE consists of clergy and healthcare providers—two groups that have the moral fiber and the
professional expertise to fight disparities.