STOP COVID-19 is a UCLA-led statewide coalition with eleven academic sites and over 70 community partners. Academic sites include UC Los Angeles, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Scripps Health, Stanford University, USC, three RCMI-eligible institutions, UC Riverside, UC Merced and San Diego State University.
To provide outreach to the communities most impacted by COVID-19, a UCLA-led statewide coalition—with eleven academic sites and over 70 community partners—has come together to address racial/ethnic inequities, strengthen community engagement, and share lessons learned. Led by Co-Principal Investigators and CTSI Community Engagement Research Program (CERP) Co-Leads Dr. Arleen Brown and Dr. Keith Norris, this marks the first time all California CTSIs have joined efforts on a single project. Goals of the alliance include partnering with local community partners in ensuring community engagement in COVID-19 information and mitigating misinformation, ensuring inclusive and diverse recruitment in COVID-19 clinical trials, and promoting COVID-19 preventative measures, including vaccine uptake. The alliance works with incredibly diverse communities across the state, including racial/ethnic minorities, farmworkers, and veterans.
Dr. Alejandra Casillas, a co-author on the paper and assistant professor-in-residence of medicine at UCLA with CTSI roles as a CERP investigator and co-lead of the TL1 Program, will also soon publish a paper that evaluates the UCLA-led network and how it could potentially serve as a model for future work.
Additional UCLA CTSI leadership that serve as co-authors include Audrey Kawaiopua Alo and Paris Adkins-Jackson. UCLA CTSI personnel from the CERP program that contributed as Communications Working Group members include: Savanna Carson, Gloria Kim, Stefanie Vassar, Etsemaye Agonafer, Juan Barron, Sarmen Hakopian, and Ejiro Ntekume.