The University at Albany COVID-19 and MHD in NYS Engaged Researchers (ERs) are a dynamic interdisciplinary research and collaboration ecosystem of more than 35 UAlbany researchers and professionals who are partnering with other Universities and community organizations directly impacted by COVID-19 to produce new knowledge for research and practice. The ERs, and UAlbany researchers more generally, are committed to understanding how systemic racism, embedded in the fabric and dynamics of our social, economic, and political structures, creates unequal conditions of well-being, disease and death. Their research, presented in part through this open access repository, illuminates the ways in which poverty, living conditions, discrimination, unequal access to healthcare, and justified distrust of the medical system have become life and death issues in the COVID-19 pandemic that will continue in the absence of acknowledgement, understanding, and reform. They are equally committed to the creation of interventions that can reduce or eliminate unequal impacts of social factors on disease.

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Capital Region Collaborative Community Survey Project to Document Disparate Impacts of COVID-19, The Albany Minority Health Task Force, Lawrence Schell, Annis Golden, Alex Pieterse, Archana Krishnan, Masahiro Yamamoto, Elizabeth Holdsworth, Pallavi Khurana, Olivia Mata, Amy Williams, and Hnin Wai Lwin Myo

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Community Health Workers and COVID-19 in New York State: Adaptable and Resilient, but Strained, Annis Golden and Amy Williams

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COVID-19 Mortality in New York City across Neighborhoods by Race, Ethnicity, and Nativity Status, Samantha Friedman, Tabassum Insaf, Jin-Wook Lee, and Temilayo Adeyeye

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COVID-19 Related Physical and Mental Health Stressors in Families Using A Social Determinants Lens., Elizabeth Vasquez, Erin Bell, and Melissa Tracy

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Doubly Burdened: Race-Ethnic Disparities in the Effects of COVID-19 and COVID-19 Mitigation Strategies, Ashley Fox and Yongjin Choi

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Food Insecurity in NY State. Solutions to Address the Multifaceted Problem, Janine Jurkowski, Tomoko Udo, and Angela Hackstadt

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Identifying Critical Psychological Characteristics Related to Successful Performance as a Contact Tracer: A Job Analysis, Dev Dalal, Jason G. Randall PhD, Gabrielle Danna, and Joshua Ash

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Improving Contact Tracing in Minority Communities by Combating Misinformation and Distrust, Jason G. Randall, Dev Dalal, and Aileen Dowden

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Minority Health Disparities in a 21st-century Pandemic: A Comprehensive Report of Project Research Focused on New York, Teresa Harrison, Theresa Pardo, Jordan Carleo-Evangelist, and Lynn Warner

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Stay-at-Home Order and Spatial Disparities in COVID-19 Pandemic in New York City, Youqin Huang and Rui Li

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Minority Disparities in Sexual and Reproductive Health Care in New York State, Elise Andaya and Rajani Bhatia