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In the time of COVID-19: Barriers to and supports for the use of risk reduction strategies among minority populations

Charlotte Patterson, Professor of Psychology & Chair of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Emma Potter, Lecturer of Women, Gender & Sexuality
Karen Waters-Wick, Community Education Coordinator, Albemarle County Schools
Jenny Mead, Darden School of Business and Secretary of Charlottesville Pride
James Schlitt, Research Associate, Biocomplexity Initiative

In the face of COVID-19, what are the supports for and barriers to the use of risk reduction strategies for individuals who belong to racial and sexual minority groups?  Using a mixed method approach, this project will investigate factors that support or inhibit use of risk reduction strategies such as social distancing, mask adherence, and participation in contact tracing and vaccination (when available) among Black and LGBTQ adults. Our aim is to provide evidence based information about the use of risk reduction behaviors that will assist efforts to reduce health inequities and improve health among members of minority populations.


Grant Date/Year: 
October, 2020