NC CEAL (I-TEAM)
The North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Research Team, also known as the Increasing Trustworthiness through Engaged Action and Mobilization (I-TEAM) Project, is one of 21 state teams in the Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (CEAL). NC CEAL/I-TEAM is brought together in partnership by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, the University of North Carolina Center for Health Equity Research, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.
- Objective 1: To 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
- Objective 2: To promote and facilitate inclusion of diverse racial and ethnic populations in COVID-19 clinical trials (prevention, vaccine, therapeutics), reflective of the populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic
- To use innovative qualitative methods to identify factors that contribute to trustworthiness in COVID-19 information
- To draw upon community-engaged approaches to improve the COVID-19 messaging and delivery channels targeting communities in NC
- Understanding the critical drivers of trustworthiness in COVID-19 prevention strategies
- Delivering acceptable and culturally relevant digital learning aids to convey COVID-19 messaging
- Strengthening trusted community dissemination channels
Anissa I. Vines, PhD
Alan Richmond, MSW
Goldie Byrd, PhD
Upcoming Opportunities for Involvement
- Allows us to leverage, and build upon, pre-existing structures and supports
- Positions us to be proactive/preventative instead of reactive by activating our pre-existing coalition infrastructure
- Community stakeholders will propose creative dissemination strategies about COVID-19 to targeted communities
- Funds will support community stakeholders in facilitating engagement events and communicating/disseminating COVID-19 information
- Elicit stakeholder perspectives on trustworthiness about COVID-19 information; can be used to understand perspectives within and across populations
- Crowdsourcing contests will elicit creative, community-based solutions from marginalized community members that address the prompts
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) | HHS.gov – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 website
- North Carolina COVID-19 Metrics | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov) – North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 website
- Rise Above COVID: ACTIV-2 Study – The Rise Above COVID/ACTIV website (English version)
- Rise Above COVID: ACTIV-2 Study – The Rise Above COVID/ACTIV website (Spanish version)
- Monoclonal Antibodies for High-Risk COVID-19 Positive Patients | combatCOVID.hhs.gov – Combat COVID – the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ COVID-19 treatment/monoclonal antibodies information webpage
These resources are a continued collaboration between NC CEAL, NIH CEAL, Arizona State University, and UC-Merced. Please feel free to share or use within your organizations and communities.
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