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National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) research teams are currently working in 21 states to provide trustworthy information through active community engagement and outreach to the people hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chicagoland CEAL Program (formerly the Chicagoland COVID Collaborative) is a partnership of academic and community health disparities experts working together to improve COVID-19 vaccination and engagement in quality therapeutic care and trials for low-income Black and Latinx communities in the Chicago area. Chicago has been at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 disparities from the beginning.

The Chicagoland CEAL Program leverages scientific expertise and community partnerships to support and test the implementation of adaptive interventions to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake and testing, and participation in therapeutic trials and other research in low-income Black and Latinx communities in the Chicago metro area.

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  • Aim 1: Support

    Support research on awareness, education, and mistrust around COVID-19 and COVID-19 vaccine acceptance and uptake.

  • Aim 2: Promote

    Promote inclusion of underserved and ethnic/racial minority populations in COVID-19 clinical trials.

  • Aim 3: Impact

    The Chicagoland CEAL Program will leverage scientific expertise and community partnerships to support and test the implementation of adaptive interventions to address barriers to COVID-19 vaccine uptake and participation in therapeutic trials and other research in low-income Black and Latinx communities in the Chicago metro area.

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Chicagoland CEAL Program is looking to engage with community-based organizations. Please reach out to any members of our Collaborative