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Ethnic and racial minority communities have been disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded an effort to provide trustworthy information through active community engagement and outreach to those hardest hit by COVID-19 including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians.

The NIH Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID- 19 Disparities, or CEAL, leads efforts in 11 states: Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas. By promoting and facilitating the inclusion and participation of underrepresented communities in vaccine and therapeutic clinical trials, CEAL hopes to successfully prevent and treat the disease.


At UAB, investigators have leveraged the infrastructure and community partnerships of the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Health Professions. We have moved quickly to launch outreach efforts to help reduce the impact of COVID-19 on the most vulnerable populations and to evaluate these efforts through community-engaged research.

Leading the CEAL effort are principal investigators, Mona Fouad, M.D., MPH, UAB School of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Lead PI, Robert P. Kimberly, M.D., UAB School of Medicine, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Andrea Cherrington, M.D., UAB School of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, and Suzanne Judd, Ph.D., UAB School of Public Health.

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We have expanded community outreach and communication through partners including Acclinate, Connection Health, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama – Institute for Rural Health, Auburn University – Harrison School of Pharmacy, Center for Healthy Communities, University of South Alabama, City of Bessemer, City of Prichard, and the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity (JCCEO).


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Demystifying COVID Vaccines and Addressing Myths & Misconceptions

As a part of this mission, the Minority Health & Health Disparities and its partners asked the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Selwyn Vickers, and Director of Infectious Diseases, Dr. Jeanne Marazzo, to address the misinformation, confusion, and questions surrounding the COVID-19 vaccine.

In this video, health professionals will help you understand exactly what is in a vaccine, how it works, and why it has been highly recommended. To view the video, please fill out the form below. 

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