The North Carolina Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Research Team, also known as the Increasing Trustworthiness through Engaged Action and Mobilization (I-TEAM) Project, is one of 21 state teams in the Community Engagement Research Alliance Against COVID-19 in Disproportionately Affected Communities (CEAL).  NC CEAL/I-TEAM is brought together in partnership by Community-Campus Partnerships for Health, the University of North Carolina Center for Health Equity Research, and the Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity.

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Year 2

    Program Overview

    NIH Goals

    • Understand factors that contribute to health inequities in the nation especially the disproportionate burden of COVID and Long COVID in underserved communities.
    • Disseminate and implement effective, community-engaged strategies to address misinformation.
    • Enhance education, awareness, access, trust, and inclusion of underserved communities in COVID and Long COVID treatment and prevention strategies to reduce disparities and promote inclusive participation in research.

    CEAL Overall Aims

    • Goal 1: Disseminate trustworthy and science‐based COVID‐19 information and resources.
    • Goal 2: Train Community Leaders on Evolving Issues Related to COVID‐19 and its Sequelae and Educate Others.
    • Goal 3: Rapidly Assess, Innovate, and Evaluate Efforts to Prevent and Reduce COVID‐19 Burden.


    Coalition is focused on recruiting and supporting key organizations and individuals addressing the COVID crisis among communities of color in NC. 
    Join the Coalition HERE.
    Join us for our Year 2 Kick-off Meeting, register to attend HERE.

      NC CEAL Year One At-A-Glance

      Program Overview

      I-TEAM Coalition Objectives

      1.  To develop a network of non-profit, community-serving organizations, faith-based organizations, and tribal nations and organizations 

      2.  To expand the reach of
      NC CEAL/I-TEAM to communities disproportionately
      impacted by COVID19


      1.  Distribution of educational resources

      2.  Sharing of useful information to communities disproportionately impacted by the disease

      3.  Prioritized outreach to communities of color and rural communities

      Mini-Grants Program

      *Funded organizations: African American COVID-19 Taskforce, Appalachian Healthcare Training & Consulting, Asociacion Dominicana (ADORANC), Association of Mexicans in North Carolina, Inc. (AMEXCAN), Duke CTSI, El Pueblo Florence, Freedom Now Services, Fuerza Y Union Multiple (FUM), Healthy Alamance Inc., Islamic Association of Raleigh, The Motivational Practitioner, Mount Carmel Freewill Baptist Church, My Sisters Village, North Carolina Central University, NC FIELD, Inc., Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. of Rocky Mount, Project 70Forward, RENA, War4 Life, and Youth Overcoming Underprivileged Realities

      Training and Event Highlights

      Learn and Share series



        The NC CEAL team in collaboration with NIH CEAL, Arizona State University y UC-Merced ( has produced animation videos with corresponding brochures and Public Service Announcements about Covid-19. These are available in English, Spanish and Zapotec. Para más información y actualizaciones, consulte nuestra página de Facebook en:

        Brochures can be printed as 2-page booklets on 8.5×11 paper. To download brochures, please click on the links below:

        Children 5-11 can now get vaccinated (English and Spanish Versions): Watch Here

        Mental Health (English and Spanish Versions): Watch Here

        CEAL I-TEAM News & Webinars

        Mini Grant Awardees

        Mini Grant Awardees

        The NC Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (NC CEAL) team, one of 21 research teams in the country funded by the National Institutes of Health, released the I-TEAM Mini-Grants program to provide resources in support of educational outreach...

        Contact us to get involved in NC CEAL/I-TEAM activities: