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Researchers at UCLA and 10 other California institutions are seeking to address the coronavirus in populations that have been hit hardest by it; specifically, the Black, Latina/o and Indigenous populations.

The effort will involve relying on networks and individuals within those communities and others, as well as virtual focus groups and research to understand barriers to care. Additionally, investigators hope to gain an understanding of how best to reach Californians with a vaccination, once one becomes available.

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Dr. Arleen Brown, a professor of medicine at UCLA, told my colleague Monica Bushman that she and her team will work “to try to understand what people know about COVID-19, what some of the misconceptions about the disease and its spread are, and also misconceptions about the vaccine development process.”

Keep reading for more on what’s happening in L.A. today, and stay safe out there.

Jessica P. Ogilvie


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Sit in on discussions about art, music, theater and monuments; hear Wilco's Jeff Tweedy talking about his new book; eat dishes created from heritage pigs; and more. Christine N. Ziemba has this week’s best online and IRL events.

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The Past 24 Hours In LA

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California Kids: Mobile wi-fi units will soon be dispatched to densely populated communities in Orange County, where many students don’t have internet access and struggle to keep up with remote learning.

Coronavirus Updates: A coalition of 11 academic institutions across California will address COVID-19 in Black, Latina/o and Indigenous populations, seeking a community-engaged approach to coronavirus education.


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