CO-CEAL: Colorado Community Engagement Alliance Against Health Disparities

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What is CEAL?

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In the United States, COVID-19 has taken its toll on almost every community. But some groups — especially African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, immigrants and Native Americans — have suffered more than others. The Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against Health Disparities is a national network of community-engaged researchers, community-based organizations, government officials and public health experts working to reduce the burden of the disease on those who are hardest hit by it. Funding for CEAL comes from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

CO-CEAL: Colorado Community Engagement Alliance Against Health Disparities

The Colorado Community Engagement Alliance Against Health Disparities (CO-CEAL) is a partnership between the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, several community-based organizations, and dozens of trusted local community members. Our mission is to impact health disparities through active community engagement and outreach, capacity building, and long-lasting community partnerships to improve diversity and inclusion in health research. We currently work with the following communities: Urban Latina/o/x community in Pueblo and Metro Denver, Rural Latina/o/x community in the San Luis Valley, Urban Black/African American community in Metro Denver, Rural African Immigrant community in Ft. Morgan and Greeley, and the American Indian/Alaska Native community in Metro Denver, Front Range, and southwest Colorado.

iHeard

iHeard

As part of CO-CEAL, we are working to understand and address the spread of health information in communities by conducting weekly surveys of community members in participating regions. This initiative, iHeard Colorado, helps to build knowledge in communities about the health-related topics being surveyed.

Establish partnerships

within the community

Address misinformation

within communities of color

Grow an understanding

and trust in science

Accelerate the uptake

of beneficial treatments

Through our Community Engagement Alliance, we aim to:

  • Make available the best, most accurate information about the spread of COVID-19 and other chronic conditions, about recruitment and participation in clinical studies, about the safety and effectiveness of vaccines and treatments and about any concerns that may come from false rumors
  • Increase the use of preventive practices that can reduce the spread of COVID-19 and other chronic conditions, especially in underserved communities, while offering timely access to proven new treatments
  • Increase the public’s understanding of how science works—specifically, the medical research process and how treatments and vaccines are developed
  • Understand and address the spread of health information in communities through iHeard Colorado

CO-CEAL Focus Communities

CommunityLocation
Rural Latino/a/xSan Luis Valley
Urban Latino/a/xDenver/Pueblo
Urban Black/African AmericanDenver Metro
Rural African ImmigrantMorgan/Weld Counties
American Indian/Alaska NativeDenver Metro, Front Range, Southwest Colorado

CEAL Contacts

Donald Nease, MD
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Ricardo Gonzalez-Fisher, MD
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