Community Engagement Teams

CEAL in Communities

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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.

Keep reading for more on the Teams' work and how to connect with CEAL Teams. Or, to see materials that CEAL Teams have created as part of their work with communities, check out CEAL Teams' Tools & Resources.

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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

You can find more Spotlight stories on CEAL Teams' work around the country on our News page.

The Power of Listening

Researchers in Mississippi found that a foundational step to helping communities hit hardest by the pandemic throughout the country is listening – which has guided personalized outreach and support.

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COVID-19 Hotline Beats Misinformation One Call at a Time 

Stopping the flow of misinformation requires an even larger flow of facts that are easy to access no matter how people seek them out. Texas CEAL team members wanted to make sure that up-to-date facts and critical information about testing and vaccines are available beyond the internet and social media. So they launched their first bilingual COVID-19 hotline.

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Connect with CEAL Teams

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