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A lupus awareness and educational program from the American College of Rheumatology

The American College of Rheumatology (ACR) and KDH Research and Communication (KDHRC), a research company, in Atlanta, Georgia, invite you to learn more about clinical trials in your area.


Training to Increase Minority Enrollment in Lupus Clinical Trials with CommunitY Engagement (TIMELY)

Training to Increase Minority Enrollment in Lupus Clinical Trials with CommunitY Engagement (TIMELY) aims to build on our existing work to develop an intervention to increase African American/Black and Hispanic/Latino patients’ participation in lupus clinical trials by combining the ACR’s previously developed Materials to Increase Minority Involvement in Clinical Trials (MIMICT) model and its Community Health Worker Lupus Clinical Trials Training (LuCTT) model, to operate collaboratively with practicing rheumatologists, nephrologists, dermatologists, and community health workers (CHWs) to reduce clinical trial disparities.

About TIMELY Impact Evaluation

The TIMELY patient impact evaluation is a tracking study with African American/Black and/or Hispanic/Latino patients with lupus from North Carolina and New York who are under the care of TIMELY-trained providers (rheumatologists, primary care providers, nephrologists, dermatologists) or have connected with local Community Health Workers (CHWs) have increased intentions and willingness to participate in lupus clinical trials and referrals, enrollment, and retention in lupus clinical trials.


The American College of Rheumatology developed the TIMELY project with support from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Rochester Medical Center and KDH Research & Communication.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Saira Z. Sheikh, MD, Linda Coley Sewell Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Saira Sheikh and her research team at the UNC co-leads the TIMELY project.

University of Rochester Medical Center
Allen Anandarajah, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine, Associate Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Dr. Allen Anandarajah and his research team at the URMC co- leads the TIMELY project.

KDH Research & Communication
Nicole Wanty, KDHRC’s Senior Research Associate, is the principal investigator. Annie McNeill, a Project Operations Manager at KDHRC, is the project manager. KDHRC serves as our lead evaluators for the TIMELY project.

Are you interested in learning about clinical trials in your area?

The production of this activity was supported by Grant Number 1 CPIMP211307-01-00 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (HHS, OMH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the HHS, OMH. 1 CPIMP211307-01-00, CFDA number 93.137 No commercial support was obtained.

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