COVID-19 AND WOMEN: AN ASSESSMENT OF CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNED TO ENHANCE PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS FOR WOMEN AND FAMILIES

FUNDING SOURCE: CDC, 2022-2023

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Shan Qiao, PhD

CO-INVESTIGATORS:

Despite the aggregated burdens and challenges experienced by rural Black women during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of them may also have demonstrated strength and resilience to overcome challenges. Through mixed methodology and a community-based participatory approach, this Special Interest Project will collect multilevel data on challenges, responses, resilience, and lessons during the pandemic from Black women, community health workers, and community leaders in rural areas in South Carolina. The goal is to develop evidence-based recommendations for the development of public health emergency preparedness plans, which can promote the resilience of women, communities, and health facilities as well as optimize effective preparedness and response for rural Black women and their families during infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.