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The national Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) awarded a grant for Saida Abdi, SSW assistant professor, and Chioma Nnaji, program director at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition in Boston, to lead a study to determine culturally and linguistically appropriate methods for African immigrants to receive health care virtually.
COVID-19 has highlighted health disparities consistently experienced by Black communities. However, disparities experienced by African immigrants are too often subsumed in data for all Black/African Americans. Several factors place African immigrants at greater risk of both acquiring coronavirus and experiencing severe symptoms or death: working high-contact jobs as essential or frontline workers, living in high-density housing, stigma, lack of culturally and linguistically appropriate information, and fears related to immigration status.
The proposed project will document the experiences of African immigrant patients in accessing and using virtual platforms. It also will use an African-based cultural model to bring together stakeholders to develop practical recommendations for patient centered and clinically effective engagement and information dissemination.