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The Local Teams

CommuniVax has 5 local teams working with communities where they’ve fostered strong, long-standing relationships.

Tuscaloosa, AL

University of AlabamaTuscaloosa, AL

  • PI: Stephanie M. MCClure, PhD, MPH
  • Co-Investigators:
    • Levi Ross, PhD, MPH, CHES
    • Bronwen Lichtenstein, PhD
  • Consultants:
    • Kathryn Oths, PhD
    • Pamela Payne-Foster, MD

About the Community:
Tuscaloosa, the 5th largest city in Alabama, is situated on the northeast edge of the Black Belt, historically the state’s agricultural hub. While named for its rich dark soil, the Black Belt is also majority African American. Most Black Belt communities are impoverished, and many households have limited access to computers and the Internet. The project will be conducted with English speaking, medically underserved African American adults who reside in the Alabama Department of Health’s West Central Health District Counties.


San Diego, CA

San Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA

  • PIs:
    • Noe Crespo, PhD
    • Elisa Sobo. PhD
  • Co-Investigators:
    • Susan M. Kiene, PhD
    • Corinne McDaniels-Davidson, PhD

About the Community:
San Diego County, a border region in Southern California, is the fifth-most populous county in the United States with its population being concentrated in the coastal region. It is also a minority-majority county of more than 3.3 million people, 34% of whom are Hispanic/Latino. Additionally, the County's population is 23.5% foreign-born; 37.5%  speak a language other than English at home; and 12.4% live in poverty. The project will be conducted with English and Spanish speaking Hispanic/Latino communities living in San Diego regions and neighborhoods with the highest rates of COVID-19.


Rural Communities in Bingham and Power Counties, ID

Idaho State UniversityBingham and Power counties, ID

  • PIs:
    • Elizabeth Cartwright RN, PhD
    • Diana Schow, PhD, MA, MHE, RYT
  • Research Team Coordinator:
    • Tamra Bassett

About the Community:
Bingham and Power Counties are agricultural areas along the Snake River plain, where potatoes and sugar beets are the primary crops. Hispanic/Latino residents began moving to this area in the 1960s. Today, Bingham County is home to more than 8,000 Hispanics/Latinos, and Power County is home to more than 2, 523 Hispanics/Latinos.  Many Hispanic/Latino households are of mixed-immigration status, and many are multi-generational. Some older individuals in these communities speak primarily in Spanish. The project will be conducted in English and Spanish with Hispanic/Latino persons living in rural communities within Bingham and Power Counties.


Baltimore, MD

Johns Hopkins University/Centro SOLBaltimore, MD - Centro SOL

  • PIs:
    • Sarah Polk, MD, ScM, MHS
    • Kathleen Page, MD, MPH
  • Co-Investigators:
    • Suzanne Grieb, PhD
    • Monica Guerrero Vazquez, MS, MPH
    • Michelle Hawks Cuellar, PhD, MSPH
    • Marzena Maksym, MA
    • Daniela Rodriguez, DrPH

About the Community:
Baltimore is an “emerging settlement” and home to a diverse and rapidly growing immigrant community many of whom are Hispanic/Latino immigrants. Baltimore has experienced a dramatic growth in the Hispanic/Latino population in this population over the last 15 years. Compared to the general US Hispanic/Latino population, Baltimore Hispanics/Latinos are more likely to be foreign born, undocumented, have low income, low educational attainment, and limited English proficiency. Many Baltimore Hispanic/ Latino families also have mixed immigration status. Most commonly, US citizen children have undocumented parents. The project will be conducted in English and Spanish with Hispanic/Latino persons living in Baltimore.


Prince George’s County, MD

University of MarylandPrince George's County, MD

  • PIs:
    • Stephen B. Thomas, PhD
    • Sandra Quinn, PhD

About the Community:
Prince George's County's population (909,327) is 63% African-American, 16% Hispanic, and 14% white. However, there is a steep north-south divide in the racial breakdown of different parts of the county. Prince George’s is mostly known for being home to a large, suburban African-American population, but the county also has a large immigrant population in the north. The county is the most economically affluent majority Black municipality in the nation, the state of Maryland’s most diverse county, and the state’s second most populous county. The project will be conducted with English speaking, medically underserved African American adults who reside in Prince George’s County.



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