Disparities in COVID Response Task Force

Addressing COVID disparities across diverse communities

The Disparities in COVID Response Task Force is a collaboration with the University system across Minnesota health departments, local and regional health care systems and communities to increase COVID testing and vaccinations in diverse communities and reduce disparity gaps by coordinating and disseminating resources on testing, mobile care and immunization events. Contact us for support.

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Featured Resource

Health Disparities Roundtable

Disparities in COVID-19 Social Justice, Policy, and Ethical Considerations in Vaccinating the U.S. Population

Community connections

Request Community Vaccine Virtual Meeting

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Partnering with community organizations, our experts host virtual conversations for groups seeking information and help to engage communities looking for valid information before they accept vaccines.

Request Community Vaccine Speakers

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Our experts can share how COVID has affected specific communities and equitable vaccine distribution, and address concerns on the COVID vaccines and their side effects.

Vaccine Resources

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Available resources include supporting COVID-19 vaccination information, access and understanding; toolkit for communicating with diverse communities; mobile health resources; community specific resources; and more.

Communications Toolkit

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A toolkit for communicating with diverse communities during COVID that identifies resources and methods from institutions and community-based organizations to inform individuals from diverse communities of testing and vaccination opportunities.

Objectives driven by task force committees

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    To identify barriers to testing and immunization in diverse communities
  • To identify and recommend culturally appropriate tools and promising practices to educate and engage diverse communities for testing and immunization
  • To develop a sustainability plan for continued engagement of diverse communities
  • To identify the appropriate locations and collaborations for testing and immunization
  • To promote and foster the collaboration of all of the various testing and immunization efforts within the community

Deliverables

Community Communications
A community connection network to close disparity gaps across language and cultural groups, race and ethnicities, geographic locations, age demographics, occupations and family needs.

Testing Coordination
A contact network resource of individuals who can enhance testing coordination across health care systems and community organizations.

Testing Guidelines
Testing guidelines, principles, approaches and consideration resources for targeting specific audiences for testing, care and immunization.

Operational Guidelines
Guidelines for operationalizing day of event/on-site activities for testing and immunization in diverse communities and facilitate access to primary care.

Resource Coordination
Identify testing sites and identify enhancements for directing resources to ensure that testing for communities that currently experience disparities is increased and effective.

Co-chairs
 

Roli Dwivedi, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,University of Minnesota Medical School and Chief Clinical Officer, Community University Health Care Center

Jill Foster, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Division Director, Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology

 

Task Force Committee Members

Care delivery

Paul Drawz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at University of Minnesota

Jonathan Kirsch, MD
Director, OACA Mobile Health Initiative and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at University of Minnesota

Kelley Jewett, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Family Medicine and Primary Care Medical Director M Health Fairview

Jokho Farah, MD
Chief Quality and Health Information officer, People's Center Clinics & Services

Community facing

Rebekah Pratt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Univeristy of Minnesota Medical School

Katie Freeman, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community, University of Minnesota Medical School

Colleen McDonald Diouf
Chief Executive Officer, Community University Health Care Center

Liz Miller
Sr. Operations Director at University of Minnesota Physicians

Sustaining model of care

Eduardo Medina, MD
Family Medicine Physician, Health Partners

Saida Abdi, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Social Work

Roli Dwivedi, MD, Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,University of Minnesota Medical School and Chief Clinical Officer, Community University Health Care Center

Michele Allen, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School

Adams Dudley, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Deliverable point people

Community communications

Saida Abdi, PhD, MSW, LICSW
Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota School of Social Work

Katie Freeman, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community, University of Minnesota Medical School

Testing coordination

Colleen McDonald Diouf
Chief Executive Officer, Community University Health Care Center

Rodolfo Gutierrez
Executive director, Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment Through Research

Liz Miller
Sr. Operations Director at University of Minnesota Physicians

Testing guidelines

Michele Allen, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School

Jokho Farah, MD
Chief Quality and Health Information officer, People's Center Clinics & Services

Mo Mike
Coordinator, HIV Testing Tec & Outreach

Operational Guidelines

Roli Dwivedi, MD, Co-Chair
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health,University of Minnesota Medical School and Chief Clinical Officer, Community University Health Care Center

Kelley Jewett, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Family Medicine and Primary Care Medical Director M Health Fairview

Jonathan Kirsch, MD
Director, OACA Mobile Health Initiative, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine at University of Minnesota

Resource Coordination

Paul Drawz, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at University of Minnesota

Rebekah Pratt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Univeristy of Minnesota Medical School

Eduardo Medina, MD
Family Medicine Physician, Health Partners

Adams Dudley, MD
Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School