Nan Receives MPower Grant

Five teams of researchers from the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) are splitting nearly $500,000 in seed grants to respond to the challenges of COVID-19 in Maryland and beyond--one of those teams is led by Department of Communication Professor Xiaoli Nan.

“Predicting and Improving COVID-19 Vaccine Acceptance Among African Americans during the Coronavirus Pandemic” received $98,432 to help understand why African Americans, who suffer disproportionately from the adverse health and economic impact of the pandemic, might accept or reject the anticipated COVID-19 vaccine. The goal is to develop and evaluate communication messages that could be used in a broader health promotion effort to improve COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among African Americans. The findings will help address COVID-19 health disparities and inform pandemic vaccine communication across ethnic and racial groups. Professor Nan's research team also includes Sandra Quinn, professor and chair, Department of Family Science; Clement Adebamowo, professor, epidemiology and public health at UMB; and Shana Ntiri, assistant professor, family and community medicine, and medical director of the Baltimore City Cancer Program.


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