Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities

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In the United States, COVID-19 has taken a greater toll on communities of color.

CEAL focuses on addressing misinformation around COVID-19, engaging trusted partners and messengers in the delivery of accurate information and educating communities on the importance of inclusion in clinical research to overcome COVID-19, and most importantly, health disparities. This is especially important for people unduly burdened by COVID-19 such as African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives, who account for over half of all reported cases in the United States

CEAL's research teams also conduct research on the most effective strategies for ensuring inclusion and for engaging, educating and increasing awareness within these groups about vaccine and treatment clinical trials to prevent and treat the disease. 

What We Do

CEAL is helping to work toward a goal of reducing the burden of COVID-19
on the hardest hit communities.

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Engaging and Building Awareness

CEAL engages trusted members of communities and seeks input on approaches to address misinformation and mistrust and to raise awareness about the pandemic as well as efforts to combat it.

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Doctor and patient during consultation.

Fostering Inclusion

CEAL research works to evolve strategies that ensure that COVID-19 prevention and treatment clinical trials include the groups of people who are most affected by the pandemic.                                                                   

What You Can Do

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What You Can Do

Your role in CEAL is critical. By sharing resources with your communities and networks you can help address vital information needs.

CEAL provides trusted community leaders with resources to help raise awareness and educate about COVID-19, while also promoting the importance of inclusion in clinical trials. This role is about sharing clear, accurate information about COVID-19, as well as about clinical research and health disparities in general. 

Resources You Can Share

Use these resources when you talk with people about COVID-19 topics such as inclusionvaccinesclinical trials and COVID-19 basics

Check out the most recent resource additions below.

Fact Sheet

This tip sheet on community trust was developed based on experiences and input from the eleven CEAL State Research Teams.

  • PublisherNIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size160KB
Fact Sheet

This tip sheet contains an overview of what COVID-19 research is and why community participation is beneficial.

  • PublisherNIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size160KB
Fact Sheet

This tip sheet explains who Community Health Workers are and what they do.

  • PublisherNIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size237KB
Fact Sheet

This tip sheet contains tips for health professionals seeking to combat COVID-19 misinformation in their communities.

  • PublisherNIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • LanguageEnglish
  • File TypePDF
  • File Size268KB