Less than 2 percent of the population participates in health research. Women, older adults, members of racial and ethnic minority groups and rural populations are often underrepresented in research, leading to findings that do not account for everyone.
The goal of health related research is to improve the lives of people in the community. Health research helps enhance specialists understanding of strategies to promote health and reduce disparities. Health research findings can help develop new treatments and advance preventive medicine. However, it can take years until these treatments can become available to the public. By including the community in research, researches can better understand health concerns and improve healthcare.
HealthStreet was created to include all populations in research so that research findings will be a reflection of our diverse community and applicable to the greatest number of people.