Implementation science to address health disparities during the coronavirus pandemic

Karla I. Galaviz, Jessica Y. Breland, Mechelle Sanders, Khadijah Breathett, Alison Cerezo, Oscar Gil, John M. Hollier, Cassondra Marshall, J. Deanna Wilson, Utibe R. Essien

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is disproportionally affecting racial and ethnic minorities. In the United States, data show African American, Hispanic, and Native American populations are overrepresented among COVID-19 cases and deaths. As we speed through the discovery and translation of approaches to fight COVID-19, these disparities are likely to increase. Implementation science can help address disparities by guiding the equitable development and deployment of preventive interventions, testing, and, eventually, treatment and vaccines. In this study, we discuss three ways in which implementation science can inform these efforts: (1) quantify and understand disparities; (2) design equitable interventions; and (3) test, refine, and retest interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)463-467
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Equity
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Equity
  • Health disparities
  • Health justice
  • Knowledge translation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health Information Management
  • Health Policy


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