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The Center participates in White House COVID-19 Equity Summit



The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the ongoing health disparities many African

Americans face in the U.S. On November 16, 33 organizations and community leaders

traveled to D.C. and participated virtually to join the White House’s COVID-19 Equity

Summit. The Center for Black Health & Equity (The Center) joined this cohort to

showcase how organizations across the U.S. are doing their part to center equity to

battle COVID-19 and move their communities through the pandemic.

The Center presented TruthCheck, a national campaign that gives Black communities

facing misinformation online and in real life the tools to verify information on social

media before sharing with family and friends.


The Center presented strategies from the first year of the campaign, which was funded

by the CDC Foundation’s Partnering for Vaccine Equity initiative. This included the

development of the Truth Check Training, a self-guided media literacy course

accessible through thetruthcheck.org, and the use of influencers to reach

broader audiences.


The summit included presentations about hyper-local approaches to public health, the

power of partnerships and health equity. In addition to the other presenters who share

how their work has helped to move the needle on an equitable approach to COVID-19

vaccinations, we demonstrated how our approach has helped people identify

misleading information online and made them more hesitant to share information before

verifying it.


FUNDING STATEMENT: This program is supported by a sub-award from the CDC

Foundation and is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) financial assistance award

totaling $25,660,048 with 100 percent funding from CDC/HHS. The contents are those

of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official views of, nor an

endorsement by, CDC/HHS or the U.S. Government.


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