A person walks through a field of white flags.

Giselle Corbie, CHER Director, has co-authored an opinion piece for STAT with Warren Kibbe of the Duke Cancer Institute, calling for engaging communities “around how and why data affect them.”

Kibbe and Corbie-Smith explain the origins and negative impacts of data collection that overlooks or omits Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) communities.

The authors call for 21st-century researchers to be “today’s John Snow” (British physician, 1813-1858) by engaging BIPOC communities in “meaningful discussions about data collection and finding ways to balance data sharing, data sovereignty, and data protection.”