Project Title/ Título del Proyecto

CommuniVax: The Community’s Role in an Equitable and Effective COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout

Project Summary

A rapid ethnographic research project – with national reach – among historically underserved communities of color. The project’s overarching purpose is two-fold:

1. advance awareness of, access to, acceptability of, and ultimately, uptake of COVID-19 vaccines among Black, Hispanic/Latinx, and Indigenous communities in the United States,

2. accelerate the development of local public health governance systems through which marginalized populations can evolve and exercise collective agency over their health and wellness, now and in the future.

CommuniVax: Rapid Research Coalition to engage communities in an Equitable COVID-19 Vaccination Campaign is led by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University. CommuniVax relies on efforts from 3 groups: local teams, a central working group, and national stakeholders. As a local team we will engage Latinx communities in Baltimore City to identify improvements needed to vaccine delivery and communication strategies in their communities.




Project Details

Principal InvestigatorFunder
Polk, Sarah – MD, ScM, MHSChan Zuckerberg Initiative
DepartmentProject Start Date
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine11/1/2020
Co – Principal InvestigatorProject End Date
Page, Kathleen – MD, MPH

Grieb, Suzanne – PhD

Rodriguez, Daniela – DrPH

Guerrero Vazquez, Monica – MPH, MS

Sr. Research Program Coordinators Community Outreach Specialists
Hawks Cuellar, Michelle – PhD, MSPH

Maksym, Marzena – MA

Islas, Lucia

Garcia Hugo

Contact Information Research Assistant
Calls: 410-550-1129
Text Messages: 443-406-6648
Mieth, Kate – MPH Candidate
Coalition Leads
Monica Schoch-Spana – PhD, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security at the Bloomberg School of Public Health
Emily K. Brunson – PhD, MPH, Texas State University

CommuniVax is supported by grant from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.


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