Community-based Testing and Primary Care to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission (2020-2021)

In Durham County, COVID-19 services have largely been implemented within existing health service infrastructure and networks that exclude Black and Latinx communities. This approach that has predictably led to disproportionately high rates of COVID-19 morbidity and mortality in these communities.

Seeking both immediate and long-term solutions to health inequities in Durham, this project team collaborated with Advance Community Health in Wake County to bring testing resources and vaccination information to Latinx community members in partnership with La Semilla, a local service-based non-profit.

The team also investigated scalable and sustainable care delivery models for strengthening community-based care in under-resourced communities. Working with partners in medicine, community health, nursing and public policy, the team explored culturally appropriate, community-based care efforts that could address social determinants of health, ensure community partnerships and engagement while also engaging with health policy and community programming.

This teams is continuing its work in 2021-2022 with the goal of identifying best practices for vaccine distribution.

Team Outputs

COVID-19 and the Roots of Health Disparity (2021 Fortin Foundation Bass Connections Virtual Showcase)

Community-based Testing and Primary Care to Mitigate COVID-19 Transmission (lightning talk by Keren Hendel and Zachary Rene)

Community-based Care Delivery and Primary Care to Mitigate COVID-19 (poster by Emine Arcasoy, Nikhil Chaudry, Alex Chukwuma, Michael Dieu, Michele Huang, Adaora Nwosu, Caroline Palmer, Zach Rene, Dru Ricci, Sebi Gutierrez, Keren Hendel, Njideka Ofoleta, Cokie Young, Andrew Flynn, Ry Garcia-Sampson, Gabriela Plasencia, Andrea Thoumi and Viviana Martinez-Bianchi)

Mobile Health Clinics to Mitigate COVID-19 Systemic Barriers (by Nikhil Chaudry)

Timing

Fall 2020 – Summer 2021

This Team in the News

Read the Winners of the SCOHP Policy Writing Contest

Two Faculty Receive Inaugural Bass Connections Leadership Award

Two Graduate Students Honored for Their Outstanding Mentorship

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

 

Image by Staff Sgt. Mary Junell, North Carolina National Guard, public domain

Mobile testing.

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

  • Sebastian Gutierrez, Biomedical Engineering-MS
  • Keren Hendel, Masters of Public Policy
  • Njideka Ofoleta, Masters of Public Policy
  • Courtney Young, Bioethics and Sci Policy - AM

/undergraduate Team Members

  • Emine Arcasoy, Biology (BS), Global Health (AB2)
  • Nikhil Chaudhry
  • Alexandra Chukwuma, Chemistry (BS)
  • Michael Dieu, Public Policy Studies (AB), Global Health (AB2)
  • Michelle Huang, Neuroscience (BS), Global Health (AB2)
  • Adaora Nwosu, Neuroscience (BS)
  • Caroline Palmer
  • Zachary Rene, Psychology (AB)
  • Dru Ricci, Sociology (AB), Global Health (AB2)

/yfaculty/staff Team Members

  • Rushina Cholera, School of Medicine-Pediatrics: Primary Care Pediatrics
  • Irene Felsman, School of Nursing
  • Anne Fields, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Beverly Gray, School of Medicine-Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Danya Holtzman, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Truls Ostbye, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Mark Sendak, Duke Institute for Health Innovation
  • Mina Silberberg, School of Medicine-Family Medicine and Community Health
  • Nicholas Turner, School of Medicine-Medicine: Infectious Diseases

/zcommunity Team Members

  • Advance Community Health
  • La Semilla
  • Pablo Friedmann, Durham Public Schools
  • Erin Van Scoyoc, Carrboro Community Health Center (Piedmont Health)

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