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Communities in Partnership: Ensuring Equity in the Time of COVID-19

The importance of partnerships in crisis is front and center as we confront the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have partnered to launch the webinar series, Communities in Partnership: Ensuring Equity in the Time of COVID-19.

Join us each session on Wednesdays at 1pm ET as we highlight the disparate impact of the disease in the most vulnerable communities in our nation. Each session will allow us to highlight the disparate impact of the disease in the most vulnerable communities in our nation. 

Our ultimate goal is to create a national network of community and academic leaders mobilized to work in partnership with similar leaders. We hope you join us!

In the spirit of partnership,

Alan N. Richmond, MSW & Giselle Corbie-Smith, MD, MSc

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Upcoming Session

Check out the recordings from previous sessions linked below!

Upcoming topics include immigration, indigenous community response, educational equity and more.

Past Sessions

Below are the recordings from our past webinar sessions. Click each link below to access previous recordings, presentations, and related resources.

Building Bridges for Health Equity: Clinical Scholars Leadership Lessons

December 15 | Building Bridges for Health Equity: Clinical Scholars Leadership Lessons

This session brought together four RWJF Clinical Scholars’ alumni from the 1st cohort of the new RWJF Clinical Scholars program, to share their lessons learned from working with marginalized communities — on complex issues of youth mental health, foster care, oral health, and opioid addictions.

April 15 | Facts and Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

The global COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting pre-existing systemic inequities. Join us as we discuss with leading public health experts and community leaders on the Facts of COVID-19 and Lessons Learned from the Flint Water Crisis.

April 22 | Behind the Scenes and In the Shadows: Essential Employees in COVID-19

The term “essential workers” has taken on a new and often times confusing meaning during the COVID19 pandemic. In part, because each state, and sometimes each municipality has a different definition of what jobs are deemed essential. These essential
workers are often those tasked with providing important services and support for our communities. Today we will highlight two of those sectors – farmworkers and home health workers.

April 29 | Justice for All: Pandemic Response in Incarcerated Populations

Mass incarceration in the US and the current COVID-19 pandemic have collided to create a major health crisis. An estimated 2 million adults and youth are at risk due to the inability to minimize risk at overcrowded detention facilities, prisons, and jails. This session will highlight the myriad of issues impacting those incarcerated, their families, and our nation.

May 6 | Pandemic Call and Response: Black Queer & Trans Communities

The speakers share from their lived and learned experiences of grassroots organizing and practical solutions for equity in the Black Queer & Trans communities during COVID-19.

May 13 | Birth Equity during COVID-19

The ability of birthing people to access quality reproductive and maternal health services during the COVID-19 crisis is important. This is especially important for BIPOC who disproportionately experience a lack of quality care in the best of times. Join us to hear how partnerships and birthworkers are supporting birthing people and their families during this time.

May 20 | Community Resilience & Healing during COVID-19

During this session, our guest speakers will share from their work how we can understand the factors that promote community resilience during COVID-19 and lessons learned about community healing in past traumas.Click here to view the recording from Facebook LIVE.

July 8 | A Hidden Pandemic: Mental Health, Trauma, and Racial Healing

At the intersection of a worsening COVID pandemic and the birth of a new civil rights era, we are also experiencing a shadow mental health pandemic in our communities. Our panelist will discuss trauma and racial healing in these times. Click here to view the recording from Facebook LIVE.

August 5 | Ensuring Equity and Justice During the Pandemic and Beyond: Lessons from the Poor People’s Campaign

In March, the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival convened the COVID-19 Health Justice Advisory Committee to advise the movement’s efforts to ensure a just and equitable response to the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond. Join Dr. Sharrelle Barber and organizers from the campaign for a discussion about lessons learned and the urgent need for a movement that organizes from the bottom up and demands a radical restructuring of this nation during these challenging times. Click here to view the recording from Facebook LIVE.

August 19 | The Impact of COVID-19 in Rural America

Challenged by limited resources and growing rates of COVID-19, rural America is confronting the pandemic through innovative strategies with public and private partnerships. This session will highlight the engagement of state agencies and nonprofits as they mobilize their collective resources to address COVID19. Click here to view the recording from Facebook LIVE.

September 2 | Challenges and Opportunities Achieving Educational Equity during COVID-19

As schools re-open, virtually, hybrid and in person, the COVID pandemic continues to highlight existing inequalities in educational attainment, family context, and disabilities. Click here to view the recording from Facebook LIVE.

September 23 | COVID-19 Research with Deaf People who use American Sign Language

With urgent COVID-19 funding from the NIH, the Center for Deaf Health Equity conducted mixed methods study with deaf and hard of hearing adults who use American Sign Language (ASL). We created an online ASL/English survey to quickly deploy and assess an underserved DHH population’s knowledge/attitude toward physical distancing, self-perceived risk for COVID-19, patient-physician communication, and healthcare access experience. In the webinar, we will share challenges and successes associated with research design and data collection. We will also share preliminary findings and discuss their implications for promoting accessibility for health care during the pandemic. Facebook recording not available.





This webinar series is brought to you in partnership with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health. Community-Campus Partnerships for Health promotes health equity and social justice through partnerships between communities and academic institutions.



Clinical Scholars is a national leadership program for experienced health care providers supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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This webinar series is sponsored by UNC Rural, a provost initiative that connects, supports, and engages in community-campus partnerships to advance the well-being for North Carolina’s rural communities.