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Historical mistreatment, modern-day disparities make Black Americans less likely to trust COVID-19 care, vaccine

Historical mistreatment, modern-day disparities make Black Americans less likely to trust COVID-19 care, vaccine by Afi Scruggs and Rachel Dissell (Plain Press, November 2020) Two days before Carmen Bailey fell ill with COVID-19 in late April, she told her daughter not to take her to the hospital if she ever got the disease.  As her symptoms … Continue reading

Researchers turn to HIV/AIDS clinical trial network for help in building Black Clevelanders’ trust in COVID-19 studies

Researchers turn to HIV/AIDS clinical trial network for help in building Black Clevelanders’ trust in COVID-19 studies  by Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner (Plain Press, November 2020)                 It took more than a decade of participation on the Community Advisory Board at University Hospitals’ AIDS clinical trial unit for Ray Allmond, who is Black, to understand the … Continue reading

Black physicians help build trust in clinical trials, medical care after decades of community skepticism, mistreatment

Black physicians help build trust in clinical trials, medical care after decades of community skepticism, mistreatment  by Rachel Dissell and Brie Zeltner     (Plain Press, November 2020) Dr. Jackson Wright is successful at recruiting Black patients to participate in his research studies. That’s in part because he — and much of his team — look like them.  … Continue reading

Cleveland efforts to recruit black, minority patients for COVID-19 vaccine trials an uphill battle

Cleveland efforts to recruit black, minority patients for COVID-19 vaccine trials an uphill battle by Brie Zeltner    (Plain Press, November 2020) Dr. Carla Harwell, an internist who is the medical director of the University Hospitals Otis Moss Jr. Health Center is Black. So are almost all of her patients, and nearly everyone who lives in the … Continue reading

How are vaccines tested?

How are vaccines tested? (Plain Press, November 2020)        Vaccines developed to combat diseases such as COVID-19 go through a clinical trial process to test whether they are safe and whether they will work. The vaccines being developed to prevent infection with coronavirus are going through basically the same process, though some steps are being run concurrently … Continue reading

MetroHealth offers updates on its planning and development projects

MetroHealth offers updates on its planning and development projects by Chuck Hoven (Plain Press, November 2020)           At a September 30th virtual community meeting MetroHealth Medical Center offered an update on progress of construction of the new hospital building on its main campus, a progress report on the Institute for Health Opportunity Partnership and Empowerment (HOPE), and updates … Continue reading

Art at A Distance, temporary art exhibit of the work of eleven local artists in response to their experiences with Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, W. 30th and Meyer

Metro West offers assistance to neighborhood businesses

Metro West offers assistance to neighborhood businesses by Jack Barnes (Plain Press, November 2020)        Metro West Community Development Organization has been facilitating the financial stability of many small businesses in the Stockyard neighborhood, Clark-Fulton, and Brooklyn Centre in the last few months as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC’s Small Business Assistance Program has … Continue reading

Planners seek community input on bringing bus rapid transit to West 25th Street

Planners seek community input on bringing bus rapid transit to West 25th Street by Ken Schneck (Plain Press, November 2020)  25Connects, a community planning effort led by RTA that aims to support walkable, transit-oriented development on West 25th Street between Detroit Avenue and the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, is hosting a virtual public meeting on Wed., Oct. 14 at 6 pm. … Continue reading

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announces bus system redesign, opportunities for community feedback

Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority announces bus system redesign, opportunities for community feedback by Paige Bennett (Plain Press, November 2020) The Greater Cleveland RTA presented plans for redesigning its bus system before Cleveland City Council’s transportation committee Sept. 30, and now it’s giving riders the opportunity to give feedback in October and November. Joel Freilich, director of service management with … Continue reading

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