Opinion: Making health research relevant — and less feared — in the Mississippi Delta

Overcoming the stigma associated with health research in low-income and communities of color will take time but we must — and will — get there.
A mother and daughter stand in their trailer in the Mississippi Delta, where people tend not to participate in health research. Source: Mario Tama/Getty Images

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention makes maps examining the health of Americans, my state of Mississippi , as do other states in the rural South. Part of the problem is that people living here often lack the information they need to stay healthy or manage their conditions. Far too often, information that would be relevant to them just doesn’t exist. That’s because people from communities like mine in the Mississippi Delta

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