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.


    NIH Objectives

    • 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

    I-TEAM Objectives

    • 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

    Anticipated Outcomes

    • 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 
    The North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (NC CEAL) team is one of 21 research teams in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). We are seeking non-profit and community-serving organizations, faith-based organizations, and tribal nations and organizations to assist us in expanding our reach through a mini-grant program. The NC CEAL/I-TEAM Mini-Grants Program is designed to provide resources in support of educational outreach strategies to get accurate COVID-19 information to communities disproportionately impacted by the disease.
    Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated success in reaching communities of color and rural communities. Please watch our informational session on the application process below.

    To apply for a mini-grant, please visit this link.

    If you have any additional questions, please contact AdinaBlack:


    Leadership Team

    anissa vines

    Anissa I. Vines, PhD

    Alan Richmond, MSW

    goldie byrd

    Goldie Byrd, PhD

    Upcoming Opportunities for Involvement

      Coalition building

      • 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

      Concept Mapping

      • 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


        The NC CEAL team in collaboration with NIH CEAL, Arizona State University y UC-Merced ( has produced animation videos with corresponding brochures and Public Service Announcements about Covid-19. These are available in English, Spanish and Zapotec. Para más información y actualizaciones, consulte nuestra página de Facebook en:

        Brochures can be printed as 2-page booklets on 8.5×11 paper. To download brochures, please click on the links below:

        Contact us to get involved in NC CEAL/I-TEAM activities:

        CEAL I-TEAM News & Webinars

        Get in Touch. Get Involved.

        We look forward to connecting with you.

        PO Box 12124, Raleigh, NC 27605