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Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)The Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) is an NIH-funded, state-based outreach and engagement effort in ethnic and racial minority communities disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The NIH CEAL program supports teams in 11 states, including Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, each using a multi-modal approach to

1) identify trusted sources of information and strategies to counter misinformation, distrust, and skepticism of COVID-19 information and guidelines
2) evaluate the effectiveness of communication strategies to deliver health information, and
3) overcome barriers to clinical trial participation and vaccination among disproportionately affected populations.

Researchers across the CCTS Partner Network are advancing the goals of CEAL.