With urgent COVID-19 funding from the NIH, the Center for Deaf Health Equity conducted mixed-methods study with deaf and hard 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, the 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.

Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D., Dr. Kushalnagar is a professor in psychology and directs the Center for Deaf Health Equity at Gallaudet University. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that align with her primary research interests in: (1) deaf health outcomes; (2) deaf aging (3) deaf health communication; and (4) applied health interventions. Outside of work, she enjoys financial management and traveling with her family.

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Donalda Ammons, Ed.D. (retired), As a deaf person herself, Ammons has been an educator in many deaf schools and served as the seventh president of Deaflympics. She has also taught Spanish in the department of foreign languages and literature at Gallaudet University. After retiring, she has done extensive work with the Deaf community and more recently with Dr. Kushalnagar on several projects as a community partner, including the COVID-19 grant from NIH.