January 2021 - September 2021
There is an urgent need to understand and ad\Abstract.docxdress COVID-19 morbidity and mortality disparities among disproportionately affected communities across the United States. This is a critical juncture of the pandemic and requires urgent action now, with the potential for future longer-term follow-up which would be informed by the course of the pandemic. The purpose of this one-year projects is to 1) conduct urgent community-engaged research and outreach focused on COVID-19 awareness and education to address the widespread misinformation about COVID-19 and promote an evidence-based response to the disease, and 2) promote and facilitate inclusion of diverse racial and ethnic populations in COVID-19 intervention studies (prevention strategies and clinical trials of vaccines/therapeutics), and 3) promote the development of dissemination and implementation of research findings to reduce the burden of COVID-19 in the communities that have been most disproportionately affected by the pandemic. The overarching goal is to understand factors that contribute to the disproportionate burden of COVID-19 in underserved communities and establish effective, community-engaged strategies to enhance education, awareness, access, and inclusion of underserved communities in research designed to advance the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 and reduce disease disparities.