Deepak Kumar, Director, Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), North Carolina Central University, presents, "ACCORD to Understand the Impact of COVID19 on the Underserved North Carolinians"
The COVID19 pandemic has exposed and amplified entrenched socioeconomic inequalities and health disparities among underserved communities. Increased testing and upcoming vaccinations are two important strategies to manage COVID19. Mounting evidence indicates that underserved communities are less likely to actively participate in mass testing and upcoming immunization due to inadequate information, logistics and issues surrounding fear, stigma and trust. As we employ rigorous testing and tracing, and prepare for a likely mass vaccination, it is critical that we understand and seek solutions to historical distrust of medical, public health, and vaccination programs in underserved minority communities. North Carolina Central University has created an Advanced Center for COVID19 Related Disparities (ACCORD) (www.nccu.edu/accord) to address this public health emergency and conduct multidisciplinary research to study the public health and economic impact of COVID19 on underserved communities of NC. ACCORD is supported by the North Carolina Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with funding from the North Carolina Coronavirus Relief Fund established and appropriated by the North Carolina General Assembly.”
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