Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in Elderly African Americans in Milwaukee

Establishing a program provid COVID-19 education and testing for elderly African Americans living in senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes or homeless shelters in Milwaukee

Full Project Name:Intervention to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in Elderly African Americans in MilwaukeePrincipal Investigator:Leonard Egede, MD, Center fo Advancing Population ScienceCo-Investigator:Aprill Z. Dawson, PhD, Medicine; Rebekah J. Walker, PhD, Medicine; Joni S. Williams, MD, MPH, MedicineAward Amount:$508,388
Award Date
April2020
Project Duration:6 months

Project Description Narrative:


In Milwaukee, African Americans living in senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes or homeless shelters are at especially high risk for COVID-19. Older adults are a vulnerable population likely to have multiple comorbidities increasing their risk of experiencing complications or mortality due to COIVD-19. Current COVID-19 data for Milwaukee shows that 51% of confirmed cases are in individuals ages 50 and older; 32% are in individuals ages 60 and older. A hotspot has emerged in the city’s northside, with potential to spread across the city if effective measures are not taken.

This project aims to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by establishing a program to educate and test elderly African Americans living in senior housing, assisted living, nursing homes or homeless shelters located in Milwaukee’s northside.

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