Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

Community Engagement of African Americans in the Era of COVID-19: Considerations, Challenges, Implications, and Recommendations for Public Health

Henry Akintobi, T., Jacobs, T., Sabbs, D., Holden, K., Braithwaite, R., Johnson, L. N., Dawes, D., Hoffman, L.

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Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Healthcare Access and Quality
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Mitigation and Prevention

This article summarizes the challenges COVID-19 poses to African American communities, policy considerations, and recommendations based on community members/community-based participatory research. Recommendations include: (1) Promote local community leadership to proactively inform mitigation strategies; (2) Strategically engage public health and community-attuned policy leaders and prioritize community stimulus strategies; (3) Cultivate community-informed public health disaster health literacy; (4) Foster culturally tailored behavioral and mental health dialogue and response; (5) Prioritize patient-centered medical homes and neighborhood models and (6) Redefine essential workers.

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Outcomes of Interest

Advancing Racial Equity, Partnership Building, Reduction of Health Disparities

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Black or African American

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