The importance of partnerships in crisis is front and center as we confront the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health and the UNC Center for Health Equity Research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have partnered to launch the webinar series, Communities in Partnership: Ensuring Equity in the Time of COVID-19.

Join us each session on Wednesdays at 1pm EST as we highlight the disparate impact of the disease in the most vulnerable communities in our nation. Please see below for information on each session, invited speakers and the link for registration. Each session will be recorded and transcribed and linked on this webpage.

Upcoming Sessions

[September 23] COVID-19 Research with Deaf People who use American Sign Language


With urgent COVID-19 funding from the NIH, the Center for Deaf Health Equityconducted mixed-methods study with deaf and hard hearing adults who use American Sign Language (ASL). We created an online ASL/English survey to quickly deploy and assess an underserved DHH population’s knowledge/attitude toward physical distancing, the self-perceived risk for COVID-19, patient-physician communication, and healthcare access experience. In the webinar, we will share challenges and successes associated with research design and data collection. We will also share preliminary findings and discuss their implications for promoting accessibility for health care during the pandemic.

Invited Speakers:

Poorna Kushalnagar, Ph.D., Dr. Kushalnagar is a professor in psychology and directs the Center for Deaf Health Equity at Gallaudet University. She is the principal investigator of grants funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) that align with her primary research interests in: (1) deaf health outcomes; (2) deaf aging (3) deaf health communication; and (4) applied health interventions. Outside of work, she enjoys financial management and traveling with her family.

Please check out the Center for Deaf Health Equity website HERE and their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Donalda Ammons, Ed.D. (retired), As a deaf person herself, Ammons has been an educator in many deaf schools and served as the seventh president of Deaflympics. She has also taught Spanish in the department of foreign languages and literature at Gallaudet University. After retiring, she has done extensive work with the Deaf community and more recently with Dr. Kushalnagar on several projects as a community partner, including the COVID-19 grant from NIH.


Check out the recordings from previous sessions linked below!

Upcoming topics include immigration, indigenous community response, educational equity and more. Subscribe to our mailing list to be notified.

Past Sessions:

Click each link to access past session recordings, presentations and related resources.

[April 15] Facts and Lessons Learned from Recent Disasters

[April 22] Behind the Scenes and In the Shadows: Essential Employees in COVID-19

[April 29] Justice for All: Pandemic Response in Incarcerated Populations

[May 6] Pandemic Call and Response: Black Queer & Trans Communities

[May 3] Birth Equity during COVID-19

[May 20] Community Resilience & Healing during COVID-19

[July 8] A Hidden Pandemic: Mental Health, Trauma, and Racial Healing

[August 5] Ensuring Equity and Justice During the Pandemic and Beyond: Lessons from the Poor People’s Campaign

[August 19] The Impact of COVID-19 in Rural America

[September 2] Challenges and Opportunities Achieving Educational Equity during COVID-19

[September 23] COVID-19 Research with Deaf People who use American Sign Language


This webinar series is brought to you in partnership with the UNC Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. UNC CHER brings together collaborative, multidisciplinary teams of stakeholders to improve health in North Carolina communities with a shared commitment to innovation, collaboration, and health equity.


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