Educational Animation features Irma Thomas, Soul Queen of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 27, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Addressing misinformation about COVID-19 and clinical studies is an ongoing process for both The Louisiana Community Engagement Alliance against COVID-19 Disparities (LA-CEAL), a state-wide consortium of community and academic institutions, and NoiseFilter, a health education podcast and animation series. The two groups recently joined forces to produce an educational animation about clinical trials which features The Soul Queen of New Orleans, Irma Thomas.

For this animation LA-CEAL, led by academic partners at Tulane University and Xavier University of Louisiana and funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to educate communities of color about clinical trials. This short video, titled Clinical Trials: The Heart and Soul of Science, explains how clinical trials work, illustrates the pervasiveness of clinical trials in our daily lives and addresses the history of structural racism in medicine. To help share this narrative, the video features beloved New Orleans icon Irma Thomas, The Soul Queen of New Orleans.

Tulane University’s Dr. M.A. Krousel-Wood, LA-CEAL’s lead investigator, notes, “This creative video explaining clinical research at a local, relevant level illustrates the value of community-academic partners working together to address challenging public health and clinical issues.”

“Health communicators must find creative ways to explain complicated public health issues,” emphasizes Dr. MarkAlain Déry host at NoiseFilter. “Animation is an innovative tool that can help alleviate confusion, whether the topic is COVID-19 vaccines, masking or even clinical trials. We’re so honored that Irma Thomas is helping us share this story.”

Irma Thomas is featured alongside the doctors in this video, bridging music and medicine to emphasize how clinical trials move society forward. Ms. Thomas describes the importance of clinical studies for future generations, “I want the best medical care for my grandkids so they can live long healthy lives.”

The animation also addresses the underrepresentation of minority communities in clinical trials, an imbalance which can lead to negative health outcomes.

“If the medical community wants to regain the trust of black and brown people,” says Doc Griggs from NoiseFilter, “we need to represent them in our messaging and take accountability.”

To view this video online and for more educational videos and information about NoiseFilter, visit

-NoiseFilter; Tulane University

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