Community Engagement Teams

CEAL in Communities

CEAL Teams are engaging communities in states across the country. Using their existing relationships and fostering new ones, these teams work closely with community leaders and organizations to address the misinformation and mistrust that can slow movement out of the pandemic.

What CEAL Teams Do

CEAL Teams’ goals are to provide trustworthy and accurate information and to use rapid research approaches to find effective ways to deliver information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic. 

  • Create factual, trustworthy COVID-19 resources. Community leaders can share these resources to address information gaps, misinformation, and mistrust.

  • Create educational tools. These tools guide community leaders on topics such as building trust, assessing needs, and encouraging inclusion in health research.

  • Host events. Roundtables, town halls and other events allow for discussions of important and timely issues about COVID-19, treatments, vaccines, and mistrust, giving community members a chance to ask questions directly.

  • Listen, engage, and partner with the community. Partnering and meeting communities where they are, CEAL Teams use the voices of trusted sources to assess and address community knowledge, misinformation, and mistrust about COVID-19.

Engagement Spotlight

Traditional Communication Tools Help Communities Access COVID-19 Vaccines

From billboards to social media posts, residents of Birmingham, Alabama, have been blanketed with information on COVID-19 vaccines in their areas and can receive vaccines in their own communities.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Mental Health

Not only has COVID-19 revealed long-standing inequities in health care for communities of color, it has also brought to light wide disparities in access to mental health services. CEAL teams in Tennessee and elsewhere have found that issues such as anxiety, depression, thoughts of suicide, and fear of getting sick from the virus are stopping people from getting COVID-19 testing or vaccines, and they are finding alternative ways to reach people.

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Connect with CEAL Teams

Connect with the individual CEAL teams and find out more about their ongoing efforts and activities.

  • Principal Investigator: Mona N. Fouad, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Website: Alabama CEAL

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  • Principal Investigator: Sairam Parthasarathy, M.D.
  • Website: Arizona CEAL

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  • Principal Investigator: Pearl McElfish, Ph.D.
  • Principal Investigator: Arleen F. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Website: STOP COVID-19 CA

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  • Principal Investigator: Donald Nease, M.D.
  • Principal Investigator: Cheryl Himmelfarb, Ph.D., R.N.

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  • Principal Investigator: Tabia Henry Akintobi, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Principal Investigator: Molly Martin, M.D.
  • Principal Investigator: Marie A. Krousel-Wood, M.D.
  • Website: LA CEAL

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  • Principal Investigator: Benjamin Linas, M.D.
  • Principal Investigator: Erica Marsh, M.D.
  • Website: Michigan CEAL

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  • Principal Investigator: Matthew Kreuter, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Principal Investigator: Lisa Cacari Stone, Ph.D.
  • Principal Investigator: Chau Trinh-Shevrin, DrPH

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  • Principal Investigator: José Arturo Bauermeister, Ph.D., M.P.H.
  • Principal Investigator: Vivian Colón-López, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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  • Principal Investigator: Jamboor Vishwanatha, Ph.D.
  • Website: Texas CEAL

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CEAL Teams’ Tools & Resources

Hoja informativa

Esta hoja informativa explica quiénes son los trabajadores comunitarios de la salud.

  • Editor: NIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • Idioma: Español
  • Tipo de archivo: PDF
  • Tamaño del archivo: 471KB
Hoja informativa

Esta hoja informativa contiene información general de lo que es la investigación de COVID-19 y por qué la participación comunitaria es beneficiosa.

  • Editor: NIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • Idioma: Español
  • Tipo de archivo: PDF
  • Tamaño del archivo: 415KB
Hoja informativa

Esta hoja informativa contiene consejos para los profesionales de la salud que buscan combatir la información errónea sobre COVID-19.

  • Editor: NIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • Idioma: Español
  • Tamaño del archivo: 906KB
Fact Sheet

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

  • Publisher: NIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • Language: English
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 160KB
Fact Sheet

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

  • Publisher: NIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • Language: English
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 268KB
Fact Sheet

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

  • Publisher: NIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • Language: English
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 160KB
Fact Sheet

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

  • Publisher: NIH CEAL Inclusive Participation Working Group
  • Language: English
  • File Type: PDF
  • File Size: 237KB
Hoja informativa

Esta hoja informativa sobre la confianza de la comunidad se desarrolló en base a las experiencias y los aportes de los equipos de CEAL.

  • Editor: NIH CEAL Communication Work Group
  • Idioma: Español
  • Tipo de archivo: PDF
  • Tamaño del archivo: 376KB

Browse more CEAL resources in our resource catalog.