Conducting Community Engaged Research in Underserved Communities: The Impact of COVID

May 14, 2021 from 12:00-1:00pm

Webinar Access (via BlueJeans)

Please RSVP by emailing Lisa Maturo at with your full name, email address, and institution/organization.

We will provide instructions on obtaining CME credit for attendance.

The COVID pandemic has highlighted entrenched health disparities and underscored the need to better engage and serve our most impacted and vulnerable populations. Dr. Dillard’s presentation addresses the compounding realities of conducting community engaged research during a pandemic, in underserved and difficult to reach communities, and with a skeptic study population.  She will share the work of the Delaware State University team examining the impact of COVID and vaccination hesitancy in nine underserved communities across Delaware. Her presentation will focus on the shift from a proposal plan to study implementation. She will discuss strategies, barriers, and achievements. The goal of the presentation is to provide a candid discussion of community engaged research, emphasizing its necessity in addressing health disparities.

Meet the Speaker

Dorothy Dillard, PhD

Dr. Dorothy Dillard is a sociologist and consultant with publications and a national reputation in social service program evaluation, minority overrepresentation in the juvenile justice systems, integrated behavioral health services, and TC development and assessment.  Dr. Dillard has over 30 years research, evaluation, and teaching experience. She is the Director of the Center for Neighborhood Revitalization and Research (CNRR) and is PI or Co-PI on four research studies and two planning projects. She serves on the RCD Steering Committee, the Healthy Communities Delaware Leadership Council, the SCHC Board of Directors, and is a Delaware Community Foundation Equity Fellow.

This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

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