What will CEAL do?

In the United States, COVID-19 has struck racially and ethnically diverse communities particularly hard.  Although the nation has opened up, the fight is not over.  There are over 2,000 positive COVID-19 cases in Arkansas on any given day and hundreds of COVID-19 adult and child patients in the hospital and/or on a ventilator.

The National Institutes of Health has funded the Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL)Teams across the country to work closely with community leaders, businesses, and organizations to help the nation move out of the pandemic.  Arkansas CEAL seeks to spread trustworthy and accurate information about COVID-19 and the vaccines to the hardest-hit communities in Arkansas.

Our vision is to create a COVID-19 free state, where no one is left behind to suffer from the devastating effects of this infectious disease and its unintended consequences.

CEALFund was developed to help community organizations, churches, educational institutions, service organizations, businesses, community leaders, and others expand outreach, educational, and other activities to their clients and provide trustworthy and accurate information about COVID-19.  CEALFund can support events, activities, educational tools, and novel strategies that promote the inclusion of communities hit hard by COVID-19 in efforts to eliminate COVID-19 in Arkansas.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has received generous funds from the National Institutes of Health to provide CEALFund to those who are prepared and ready to join the fight in making Arkansas a COVID-19 free state. CEALFund will support over 100 organizations in helping us to actualize our vision in 2021.