Bridging the Health Equity Gap for COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Durham (2021-2022)

Patterns of systemic exclusion from health services have a long history in the United States but have become increasingly apparent during the COVID-19 pandemic. Latinx communities represented 75% of positive COVID-19 cases in Durham County in early 2020, a rate five times greater than the total share of the Latinx population. During the pandemic, Hispanic and Latinx communities have also experienced housing, job and food insecurity, as well as inequitable vaccine uptake.

This project team's research aims were to identify the role that LATIN-19, a multisector coalition addressing the disproportionate impact of COVID-19 on Latinx communities in North Carolina, plays in Durham, and investigate the community-informed barriers and solutions to COVID-19 testing and vaccination in Latinx communities.

Team members completed a comprehensive analysis of LATIN-19 meeting minutes, including qualitative coding and social network mapping. Through this analysis, the team demonstrated the central role LATIN-19 plays in connecting community organizations and government institutions in Durham. Further, they identified systemic barriers to achieving COVID-19 equity in Latinx communities and policy strategies to overcome them.

Timing

Summer 2021 – Spring 2022

Team Outputs

Improving COVID-19 Outcomes for the Latinx Community of Durham (2022 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Closing COVID-19 Equity Gaps Among Latinx Populations in North Carolina (poster by Afreen Ashraf, Nikhil Chaudhry, Ethan Ho, Amy Labrador, Etan Zeller Maclean, Caroline Palmer, Laura Poma, NiQuava Pope, Anil Prasad, Kristen Rigsby, Priya Alagesan, Matthew Curtis, Farrah Madanay, Adaobi Onunkwo, Andrew Flynn, Gabryel Garcia-Sampson, Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, Gabriela Plasencia and Andrea Thoumi, presented at Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Showcase, Duke University, April 13, 2022)

This Team in the News

Meet the Members of the 2022-2023 Student Advisory Council

Two Faculty Recognized for Exceptional Co-Leadership of Bass Connections Team

Meet the Winners of the 2022 Bass Connections Student Research Awards

Meet the Members of the 2021-2022 Bass Connections Student Advisory Council

See earlier related team, Community-based Testing and Primary Care to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission (2020-2021).

 

Image: Airman 1st Class Trinity Packer joins members of the North Carolina National Guard receiving COVID-19 inoculations at NCNG Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh, Jan. 8, 2021, licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0

Airman 1st Class Trinity Packer joins members of the North Carolina National Guard receiving COVID-19 inoculations.

Team Leaders

  • Andrew Flynn, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Gabryel Garcia-Sampson, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Viviana Martinez-Bianchi, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Gabriela Plasencia, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Andrea Thoumi, Margolis Center for Health Policy

/graduate Team Members

  • Priya Alagesan, Medicine MD Second Year
  • Matthew Curtis, Masters of Public Policy
  • Farrah Madanay, Public Policy Studies-PHD
  • Adaobi Onunkwo, Mgt Science and Technology Mgt

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Afreen Ashraf, Biology (BS), Global Health (AB2)
  • Nikhil Chaudhry, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Ethan Ho, Biomedical Engineering (BSE)
  • Amy Labrador
  • Laura Poma
  • NiQuava Pope, Biology (BS)
  • Anil Prasad, English (AB)
  • Kristen Rigsby, Romance Studies (AB)
  • Etan Zeller MacLean

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Nadine Barrett, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Holly Biola, School of Medicine-Medicine:Geriatrics
  • Rushina Cholera, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Rosa Gonzalez-Guarda, School of Nursing
  • Katie Greene, Margolis Center for Health Policy
  • Tiarney Ritchwood, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Mina Silberberg, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Nicholas Turner, School of Medicine-Medicine: Infectious Diseases
  • Lavanya Vasudevan, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health

/zcommunity Team Members

  • LATIN-19
  • African American COVID Taskforce
  • Pablo Friedmann, Durham Public Schools