Racial and ethnic minority communities in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, indicating they have been hit harder by the pandemic than other teams. Which is why the Countrywide Institutes of Overall health (NIH) released a grant application for outreach and engagement in September 2020. In April 2021, the program—the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities—announced $29 million in additional grants. CEAL is at the moment funding courses in 22 states plus the District of Columbia and plans to grow to much more states this summer season.
CEAL groups are focusing on people today in the African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Indigenous, and Indigenous Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. These populations account for much more than 50 % of COVID-19 circumstances in the U.S.