Leveraging community engaged research partnerships for crisis and emergency risk communication to vulnerable populations in the COVID-19 pandemic

Mark L. Wieland, Gladys B. Asiedu, Kiley Lantz, Adeline Abbenyi, Jane W. Njeru, Ahmed Osman, Miriam Goodson, Yahye Ahmed, Luz E. Molina, Chyke A. Doubeni, Irene G. Sia

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Abstract

Community engagement is important for reaching vulnerable populations in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. A risk communication framework was implemented by a community-engaged research (CEnR) partnership in Southeast Minnesota to address COVID-19 prevention, testing, and socioeconomic impacts. Bidirectional communication between Communication Leaders and community members within their social networks was used by the partnership to refine messages, leverage resources, and advise policy makers. Over 14 days, messages were delivered by 24 Communication Leaders in 6 languages across 9 electronic platforms to 9882 individuals within their networks. CEnR partnerships may effectively implement crisis and emergency risk communication to vulnerable populations in a pandemic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number47
JournalJournal of Clinical and Translational Science
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • community-engaged research
  • COVID-19
  • immigrant health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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