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Fiscal Year: 2021

337  The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley  (84633)

Principal Investigator: Thomas, John

Total Amount of Contract, Award, or Gift (Annual before 2011): $ 581,255

Exceeds $250,000 (Is it flagged?): Yes

Start and End Dates: 9/24/20 - 6/30/22

Restricted Research: YES

Academic Discipline: N/A

Department, Center, School, or Institute: Ofc of Human Genetics

Title of Contract, Award, or Gift: SARS-COV2 Infection Patterns and Identity Dynamic Disease

Name of Granting or Contracting Agency/Entity: UT Health Science Center at Houston / NIH

CFDA: 93.31

Program Title: N/A


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will collaborate with The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health on the proposed program titled Understanding and Addressing COVID-19 Testing Disparities in Vulnerable Populations: A Multilevel and Multi-method Approach. This proposal is being submitted to the National Health Institute in response to NOT-OD-20-121, "Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Limited Competition for Emergency Competitive Revisions for Community- Engaged Research on COVID-19 Testing among underserved and/or Vulnerable Populations. Informed by the data analyses of the Epidemiological Surveillance and Analysis Team to identify dynamic disease hotspots and testing deserts, we will leverage our community and clinical partnerships formed through our existing CCTS regional network to work with priority communities in our region in South Texas. We will work with the other investigators and regional teams to develop and evaluate the multilevel level just-in-time adaptive intervention strategies. Also, we will collaborate with the regional community and stakeholder advisory group comprised of our community partners to guide all aspects of the study implementation in our region including that our approach is culturally relevant for our populations with medical comorbidities, particularly Hispanic populations. UTRGV brings extensive experience in collaboration with community partners, including the provision of testing and specimen processing services for COVID 19 across the region and the provision of clinical services to low income and vulnerable populations through our UniMovil. We will participate with the investigator team to meet the primary aims of the study including: 1) identifying disparities and dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 testing and infections in the South Texas region; 2) identifying personal, organizational, community, and structural factors contributing to the SARS CoV2-testing disparity; and 3) implementing a multilevel intervention that increases access to testing. SAMs 1.1.1

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