Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities

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What is a Clinical Trial?

This video explains exactly what a clinical trial is, why people have been reluctant to participate in the past, and how things have changed. Then, it walks you through what will happen from beginning to end if you sign up for a clinical trial.

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.


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.

Focus Areas

Get Involved

Newest Resources

What’s Up With Covid? NC CEAL Coloring Book
Available in English and Spanish

Webinars & Training

Community Health Worker Mental Health Trainings

More NC CEAL Resources

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.




Outreach Activities


Data Collection Points


Training Sessions


COVID-19 Tests Distributed


Vaccines Administered


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

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.

NCCU Accord

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 NC CEAL Coalition is a group of diverse organizations and individuals who share a collective space to connect, collaborate, and receive support and resources to address health disparities in underserved communities in North Carolina.


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