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TEACH Across Alabama: Training, Educating, Advising, Connecting, and Helping Alabama’s Healthcare Workforce and Healthcare Consumers Navigate the COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 Global Pandemic

The COVID pandemic has highlighted the need for the long-overdue dissemination of appropriate, timely, and accurate information to the general public. With the rising tide of misinformation and the safety of the public in jeopardy, it is imperative that people are trained to find the most accurate information from reliable sources. Empowering individuals, community leaders, and engaged citizens with the tools to uncover accurate information lays the foundation for trust so that a sustainable web of understanding, information, and knowledge can be built. Through strategic involvement of specific individuals, we will construct a network where individuals power the dissemination of these tools with a far-reach throughout the entire state of Alabama. We will bring this self-sustaining network to life through two specific aims. First we plan to build a statewide network of healthcare providers to distribute information to patients and families. We will train physicians and medical students at our current state-wide clinical sites on the resources related to COVID-19/SARS-CoV-2 by the NIH, NLM, and CDC. Training physicians and medical students who are actively seeing patients allows for an opportunity to disseminate information to the public from a trusted, reliable source. Secondly, we will build a local network of medical students to distribute and train individuals. We will mentor medical students in the use of these tools mentioned above. Students will disseminate information learned in their training to the public via specific community venues and classes. Mentoring students to teach the community how to use resources from the NIH, NLM, and others in community forums builds trust and community.
Identify any specific population(s) this project will serve: 
Adults
Children
Men
Seniors
Teens
Women
Medically Underserved Areas/Populations
Rural
Suburban
Urban
Behavioral/Social Determinants of Health
African Americans or Black
Identify roles of participants this project will serve: 
Community based organization staff
Educator, college & post-grad
Health care provider
Library or information professional
Public health professional
Researcher
Student, college & post-grad
Project Lead:
Nicole Mitchell
Funding Source: 
SEA
Project Funding:
Federal Fiscal Year: 
2020
Funding Amount: 
$11593
Funding Period:
Dec 11, 2020 to Apr 30, 2021
Project Status:
Awarded