BIO's new agenda to promote justice through equity

August 6, 2020
Today, we launch an important new agenda to eliminate racial disparities in the industry and health care delivery. We’ve got the details, in around 670 words, just under 4 minutes. P.S. Tomorrow, BioOhio’s virtual Friday Forum will feature Don Graves, health care…
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Today, we launch an important new agenda to eliminate racial disparities in the industry and health care delivery. We’ve got the details, in around 670 words, just under 4 minutes.

P.S. Tomorrow, BioOhio’s virtual Friday Forum will feature Don Graves, health care policy adviser to former Vice President Joe Biden. He’ll share details about the Democratic nominee’s health platform as well as his own experience overcoming cancer. Click here to register.

BIO's new agenda to promote justice through equity

Today, we launch the BIOEquality Agenda, an action plan to find solutions to inequitable health care delivery and eliminate economic, nutritional, and environmental disparities. 

In the coming years, we will aggressively pursue the BIOEquality Agenda and promote justice through equity—with enhanced education, collaboration, and advocacy.

The agenda revolves around 3 pillars of change:

1. Promote health equity. We will work to make clinical trials more diverse, push for zero patient cost-sharing for COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics for uninsured and underserved populations, and improve health opportunities in economically disadvantaged communities.

2. Invest in the current and the next generation of scientists. We’ll promote STEM education and career training particularly for Black and Latino communities and creating networking opportunities and platforms, among other programs.  

3. Expand opportunities for women and other underrepresented populations. It’s important to promote minority- and women-owned small businesses in biotech supply chains to promote the economic development of marginalized communities, especially those hit the hardest by COVID-19. Specifically, we’ll promote diversity of the NIH Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grants.

Why it matters: COVID-19 disproportionately affects Black and African American communities—the latest in a long line of diseases that show stark disparities in health outcomes. As we’re developing vaccines, treatments, and cures for this disease and others—as well as solutions for climate change, agriculture, and manufacturing—it’s critically important the biotech industry is representative of and accessible to ALL people.  

Watch Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath talk about the BIOEquality Agenda:

 
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Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath talks about the BIOEquality Agenda

Dr. Michelle’s Diagnosis: The COVID pandemic has reminded us again in stark detail that the impact of disease on communities of color is also unequal. As I have said before, America is plagued with a chronic disease, the disease of systemic racism…But COVID is just the latest in a long line of diseases that show stark disparities in health outcomes. As leaders in the life science industry, it is critical that we meet these challenges and injustices head-on.
– BIO’s Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath

Read more in BioCentury.

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And listen to the latest I AM BIO Podcast in which Dr. Michelle McMurry-Heath speaks with Dr. Tal Zaks, Chief Medical Officer of Moderna, about diversifying clinical trials to help communities of color and other vulnerable populations. Listen now at www.bio.org/podcast or wherever you get your podcasts, including Apple, Google, and Spotify.

More Health Care News:

NBC: NIH launches clinical trials for COVID-19 monoclonal antibody treatment
“Two treatments—remdesivir and dexamethasone—have been shown to help severely ill COVID-19 patients, but this would be the first potential drug to help patients early in the disease.”

 

Agriculture and Environment News:

Feedstuffs: Groups comment on USDA's Ag Innovation Agenda
“BIO said the COVID-19 outbreak has only increased the importance of the department’s goals while also creating renewed urgency to protect public health and improve the well-being of people, animals, and the environment by developing innovative, sustainable solutions throughout the agricultural value chain.”

 
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Now, as Education Director of Learning Undefeated, he brings science to kids, with an innovative mobile laboratory to activate young students’ interest in science.

By generating a spark that the ordinary classroom can’t always achieve, Learning Undefeated is creating future scientists who might discover the next live-saving cure or world-changing innovation.

Visit www.bio.org/iambio to learn more and share your story!

 
 
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President Trump’s Thursday: Heading to Cleveland, Ohio, to tour Whirlpool and attend a campaign fundraising event.

What’s Happening on Capitol Hill: Another pretty quiet day, though we’ll be watching the House Oversight and Reform Coronavirus Crisis Subcommittee’s hearing on how to safely reopen schools.

 
 
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