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Public Engagement With Science Among Religious Minorities: Lessons From COVID-19

Taragin-Zeller, L., Rozenblum, Y., Baram-Tsabari, A.

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Peer Review Study

Outreach/ Education/ Communications
Neighborhood and Built Environment
Social and Community Context
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Outside U.S.

Data Collection and Reporting

The authors explored the ways Ultra-Orthodox Jews in Israel learned about the pandemic and examined their COVID-19-related decision-making. Drawing on the disproportionate magnitude of COVID-19-related morbidity on Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Jews, the authors examined their processes of COVID-19 health decision-making. Survey results show that both religious and health-related justifications were common for personal decisions, yet a disparity was found between the ways social distancing guidelines were perceived in the general education context compared to a religious context, signaling the importance for inclusive models of science communication that account for religious sensibilities and state-minority relations.

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Outcomes of Interest

Reduction of Health Disparities

Priority Population(s)

Religious Minority

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