National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Award

Our current Community Evaluator (CE) projects are funded by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) through the Centers For Disease Control (CDC) National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Award. These projects focus on understanding and addressing inequities related to the COVID-19 pandemic, and making sure people directly impacted by COVID-19 are an active part of the evaluation process and public health response.

With support from TIER, CEs will help design evaluation projects, talk with members of their communities about challenges related to COVID-19, conduct data analysis, share results, and help translate findings into program and policy recommendations.

To learn more about being a CE, check out the details below!

Who are CEs?

CEs are community members, parents, youth, policy leaders, service providers, and other partners who care deeply about the lives of children, youth, and families. CEs also have a shared interest in ensuring that research projects are responsive to the experiences of families, program participants, and communities. No research experience is necessary!

What would I do as a CE?

Activities – All CEs will be asked to commit to the following:
• Participate in approximately 12 training hours (a mix of in-person and virtual)
• Participate in ongoing training and coaching on topics specific to your project and your interests and goals
• Talk to members of your community about challenges related to COVID-19 (such as interviews, meetings, focus groups, etc.)
• Review project materials on a computer, laptop, or tablet, and assist with writing and sharing the results of our collective work
• Participate in virtual meetings and respond to emails

Time Commitment – Although time commitment will vary based on project needs, we are estimating that CEs will work 10–12 hours per month for the duration of the project (3–4 months). We recognize CEs may be balancing other jobs and priorities, and work to keep the hours flexible. 

Compensation – Each CE will be compensated at $38 per hour for their work (including participation in trainings), and we will help with the costs of any travel for this work. CEs will also receive ongoing mentoring and support, as well as a certificate of completion.

Tufts University COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement – Tufts University requires that all employees be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, including booster shots. For more on the Tufts vaccination requirement, please click here.

How can I become a CE?

• We are currently recruiting CEs to begin projects in Spring 2022
• The first step to becoming a CE is to complete a short online application here. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The deadline is April 15, 2022.
• After your application is complete, a member of the TIER will contact you about next steps

We have extended the application deadline to April 15, 2022!

What topics will these projects focus on?

CEs, with support from TIER, will collaborate with MDPH to design and implement a series of small evaluation projects. We are currently recruiting CEs for projects that will begin in Spring 2022, and will share information on additional projects soon! Our current projects for the CDC COVID-19 Disparities Award focus on:
• How pregnant people and parents of young children feel about the COVID-19 vaccine
• The experiences of childcare and hospitality workers during this stage of the pandemic
• What Lawrence residents think about a new Telehealth Kiosk available in the Lawrence Public Library

For more information, contact Emma. For a printable flyer about the COVID-19 Community Evaluator project, click here.