PCH Associate Professor Elizabeth Andrade is awarded a 4-year grant from the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) network to test a multi-level, digital community intervention to reduce chronic disease risks among Latinos in the DMV area

July 1, 2024

Dr. Elizabeth Andrade Headshot

Elizabeth Andrade has been awarded a 4-year grant from the National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) network to fund a study that will test a multi-level community digital intervention to reduce risk factors for diabetes, obesity, and hypertension in Latino adults in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia area (DMV) and African American adults in Baltimore. The project aims to build community capacity to implement digital health strategies and improve community members’ digital health literacy.

The project will build on the Brigada Digital de Salud effort which was initially established during the COVID-19 pandemic to address health disparities. Brigada Digital de Salud aims to bridge gaps in access to reliable, science-based health information in Spanish on digital platforms and address health misinformation. The Brigada Digital de Salud has been working to build community resilience against health misinformation by advancing Community Health Worker training resources in the areas of digital health promotion and digital health literacy.

As the GW site Principal Investigator, Dr. Andrade will be working with Dr. Cheryl Himmelfarb, Principal Investigator of the CEAL DMV at Johns Hopkins University.

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