Precision health equity for racialized communities

Arafaat A. Valiani, David Anderson, Angela Gonzales, Mandi Gray, Lorian Hardcastle, Tanvir C. Turin

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In the last three decades, a cohort of genomicists have intentionally sought to include more racially diverse people in their research in human genomics and precision medicine. How such efforts to be inclusive in human genomic research and precision medicine are modeled and enacted, specifically if the terms of inclusion are equitable for these communities remains to be explored. In this commentary, we review the historical context in which issues of racial inclusion arose with early genome and genetics projects. We then discuss attempts to include racialized peoples in more recent human genomics research. In conclusion, we raise critical issues to consider in the future of equitable human genomics and precision medicine research involving racialized communities, particularly as it concerns working towards what we call Precision Health Equity (PHE). Specifically, we examine issues of genetic data governance and the terms of participation in inclusive human genomics and precision health research. We do so by drawing on insights and protocols developed by researchers investigating Indigenous Data Sovereignty and propose exploring their application and adaptation to precision health research involving racialized communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number259
JournalInternational Journal for Equity in Health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023


  • Canada
  • Health equity
  • Human genomics
  • Intersectionality
  • Precision health
  • Precision medicine
  • Race

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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