Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities
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COVID-19 Care for Uninsured Individuals
NC Medicaid Optional COVID-19 Testing Program: Reimbursement of COVID-19 Testing Costs for Uninsured North Carolinians
As of Sept. 1, 2020, Medicaid providers can be reimbursed for COVID-19 testing of uninsured individuals under the NC Medicaid Optional COVID-19 Testing (MCV) program. This program will end when there is no longer a COVID-19 federal declaration of emergency.
Long COVID: What is it, and what should you know?
Long COVID is a medical syndrome in which there is a “lack of return to a usual state of health following acute COVID-19 illness.” (CDC – Center for Disease Control). Watch the recording of our recent event to get the latest COVID-19 information from NC CEAL partners.
We are partnering with communities across North Carolina to provide the resources and tools needed to protect our neighborhoods, towns, and cities from the spread of COVID-19.
We’re working together to:
Share trustworthy and science-based COVID-19 information and resources
Train community leaders on evolving issues related to COVID-19.
Rapidly assess, innovate, and evaluate efforts to prevent and reduce the COVID-19 burden.
About NC CEAL
The North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Research Team is brought together in partnership with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the University of North Carolina Center for Health Equity Research.
NC CEAL is one of 21 teams engaged in the NIH Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in the Disproportionately Affected Communities (CEAL) network.
Webinars & Training
Community Health Worker Mental Health Trainings
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NC CEAL is here to help you get up-to-date and trustworthy information and materials on COVID-19.
2021-2022 at a Glance
During Year 1 of our work with the NIH Community Engagement Alliance, we engaged over 25,000 North Carolinians through community-engaged efforts facilitated by the NC CEAL Community Response Teams (CRT), the Equity, Access, and Uptake (EAU) Task Force, the NCCU Accord, and our 73 Coalition Members.
Data Collection Points
COVID-19 Tests Distributed
13 Distribution of Services
NC CEAL activities fostered unique collaborations across counties, organizations, and industries.
Creating partnerships, task forces, and data sharing increased the impact of grant-specific activities and enabled future collaboration. As communities continue to battle COVID-19, these new relationships will help them do so more effectively.
Farmworker Mobile Health Clinic
AMEXCAN, a Coalition Member and Mini-Grant Recipient, hosted a Farmworker Mobile Health Clinic serving 80 individuals.
This event offered primary care services such as blood glucose and pressure testing, weight checking, health education, and COVID-19 vaccinations and testing. The team also distributed shirts, PPE, and culturally appropriate food to farm workers.
Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting
Vaccine Clinic Preparation Presentation
Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting presented to 17 ministry staff and others at Boone United Methodist Church in preparation for an upcoming vaccine clinic. They discussed best practices from other vaccine clinics and the importance of faith in the community. They spoke about how to talk with vaccine-hesitant people and the importance of a non-judgmental, compassionate approach.
Partnership Across North Carolina Central University
Educational Video PSA
The North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Office of Health Promotion and Education, Athletics, African-American Male Initiative (AAMI), and the Student Government Association (SGA) collaborated to create an educational video PSA. In the video, student-athletes and a member of the AAMI shared their reasons why they received the vaccine to address vaccine hesitancy.
Our Team and Partners
Community Response Team (CRT)
The Community Response Team (CRT) is comprised of members from NC’s African American/Black and Latinx/Hispanic communities who help identify how best to keep these communities engaged in understanding and responding to this global pandemic through creating and distributing educational materials, partnering with agencies on mental health training for Community Health Workers, as well as other community-based engagement strategies.
Equity, Access, and Uptake (EAU) Task Force
The EAU TF focuses on critically considering local needs and existing resources and identifying the best approaches to improve access and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines and therapeutics.
The NCCU ACCORD has partnered with NC CEAL to facilitate COVID-19 testing and conduct multidisciplinary research to study public health messages and the impact of COVID-19 on underserved communities in NC.
NC CEAL Coalition
The Coalition focuses on recruiting and supporting key organizations and individuals addressing the COVID-19 crisis among communities of color in NC.
Mini-Grants of up to $10,000 are available to Coalition members throughout the 2022-2023 funding period.
Joseph Fox, Community Response Team Member
Gilda Cowan, Community Response Team Member
Griselda Alonso Rojas, Community Response Team Member
Jessica Aguilar, Community Response Team Member
Kimberly Alexander, Community Response Team – Community Co-lead
Krista Pereirra, Community Response Team – Academic Co-lead
Norma Marti, Community Response Team, Community Co-lead
Robert Lee Campbell, Community Response Team Member
Reuben Cooper Blackwell V, Community Response Team Member
Patricia J. Peele, Community Response Team Member
Cheryl Emanuel, Task Force Member
David Wohl, Task Force Member
Honey Estrada, Task Force/ Community Response Team Member
Jacquie Halladay, Task Force Member/ Investigator
Michelle Floris Moore, Task Force Member
Sharon Goodson, Task Force Member
Lisa Paulin, NCCU Accord
Tianduo Zhang, NCCU Accord
Airianne Posey, Operations Coordinator
Alan Richmond, Multiple Principal Investigator
Alexis Hill, Program Assistant
Anissa Vines, Multiple Principal Investigator
Dzidzai Muyengwa, Project Manager
Susan Clifford, Project Coordinator