Mobilizing Established School Partnerships to Reach Underserved Children During a Global Pandemic.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic has led to drastic public health measures, including school closures to slow the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 infection. Reopening educational settings by using diagnostic testing approaches in schools can help accelerate the safe return of students and staff to on-site learning by quickly and accurately identifying cases, limiting the spread of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2, and ultimately preventing unnecessary school and work absenteeism. Although the National Institutes of Health has identified community partnerships as the foundation for reducing health disparities, we found limited application of a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach in school engagement. Guided by the CBPR conceptual model, we provide case studies of 2 established and long-standing school-academic partnerships built on CBPR processes and practices that have served as a research infrastructure to reach underserved children and families during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic. The process described in this article can serve as an initial platform to continue to build capacity toward increasing health equity.

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Cited Authors

  • Ko, LK; Tingey, L; Ramirez, M; Pablo, E; Grass, R; Larzelere, F; Cisneros, O; Chu, HY; D'Agostino, EM

Published Date

  • February 1, 2022

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 149 / 12 Suppl 2

PubMed ID

  • 34737178

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC9153654

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1098-4275

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1542/peds.2021-054268F


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States