Physicians at SUNY’s University at Buffalo take a multidisciplinary approach through community interventions and research
The sudden appearance of a novel, sometimes deadly, highly infectious disease about which not much is known is terrifying enough. But when combined with pronounced health disparities among the underserved in communities like Buffalo, New York, the COVID-19 pandemic became all the more devastating.
Now, a team of University at Buffalo physicians have launched a project to explore both biomedical and public health factors of the pandemic, looking at how immunity to COVID-19 works by studying those who have recovered and at the same time, working to mitigate its dire effects on underserved populations through community engagement and educational interventions.
“COVID-19 has disproportionally affected African Americans, Hispanics and Native Americans in different regions in the U.S. To address these disparities in health, our project goals are to assess the community’s risk of COVID-19-associated poor outcomes through an evaluation of the social determinants of health, underlying health conditions and other demographic factors.”