The Massachusetts Community Engagement Alliance (MA-CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities, led by Boston Medical Center, is part of a nationwide initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health. Our work includes providing education to our community members and leaders to address misinformation gaps and mistrust around COVID-19, delivering ambassador and physician-led vaccine education, and promoting equitable access to clinical research participation.

We engage, educate, empower and protect our communities with access to COVID-19 vaccines

We promote diversity and access to clinical research to ensure tomorrow’s therapies work for all of us 


MA-CEAL’s mission is to provide trustworthy information on COVID-19 through active community engagement and outreach to the people hardest-hit by the pandemic. Our goal is to build long-lasting partnerships and improve diversity and inclusion in our research response to COVID-19 and beyond.

MA-CEAL’s Objectives

  • Conduct urgent community-engaged outreach and research around COVID-19  
  • Improve awareness and education to address widespread misinformation and distrust regarding COVID-19
  • Promote an evidence-based response to the disease  
  • Promote and facilitate the inclusion of diverse racial and ethnic populations in clinical trials to ensure therapies are safe and effective for populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic

The Questions We're Asking

  • How can we build our community’s confidence in the vaccine?
  • How can we communicate the importance of diverse participation in clinical research? 
  • What are the challenges and questions that prevent vaccination and research participation?
  • How can we engage and partner with our communities to find solutions?

How to Get Involved

Academic Partners

MA-CEAL is led by BMC in partnership with Boston University, University of Massachusetts Medical School, and Northeastern University.

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Community Partners

BMA Ten Point

Serving Boston 50 years - churches, ministries, non-profits working together in our communities

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Boston Health Equity Research Network

12 Community Health Centers partnered with BMC

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We Got Us

Black community members, students, health professionals addressing medical racism, COVID-19, and the vaccine

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Learn more about becoming a community partner.

Our Team

CEAL Nationwide

CEAL is a nationwide initiative led by the National Institutes of Health with centers across the country. Learn more about the NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL)


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