Clinical research sites adversely impacted by COVID-19 disruptions are receiving complimentary support from the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
Thanks to generous donations raised through the Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund, ACRP is providing continuing education and development programming through ACRP Membership to nearly 100 clinical research professionals working at U.S.-based sites that have experienced furloughs and other hardships due to COVID-19.
Announced in May in direct response to COVID-19-induced hardships, the Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund raised nearly $9,000 from individual and corporate donations, including support from Ora, Inc. earmarked specifically for ophthalmology-focused clinical research sites. ACRP matched all individual donations dollar-for-dollar.
“In the face of alarming data related to site closures, trial interruptions, and staffing furloughs ACRP responded with a call-to-action for industry partners and the greater public to help us make sure site teams keep their skills honed and stay current with best practices through the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Jim Kremidas, ACRP Executive Director. “We were overwhelmed by the response to that call, and are grateful for the generous support shown by so many for those on the front lines of clinical research. ACRP Membership will connect site staff with the continuing education and professional development programs needed to keep medical progress moving forward.”
The Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund is a new initiative of ACRP’s Partners in Workforce Advancement, a multi-stakeholder collaborative initiative to grow and expand the diversity of the clinical research workforce, and to set and support standards for workforce competence.
“While the outlook for U.S. site operations has recently improved, the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 pandemic underscores the need for continued support of this critical component of the healthcare supply chain,” Kremidas says. “There are already signs that workforce growth may not be keeping pace with clinical trials workload needs (Learn More). We must act today to support our most vulnerable clinical trial sites and to ensure their teams are ready for a rapid recovery post-COVID-19.”
How You Can Help
To make a corporate donation to the Clinical Research Site Sustainability Fund, please visit acrpnet.org/ssf.
Individual donations can be made through ACRP’s GoFundMe Charity page at https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/clinical-research-site-sustainability-fund