Projects & Programs

COVID Black develops small and large-scale projects and programs that address health disparities that impact Black diasporic communities. COVID Black projects and programs focus on the following: collecting, visualizing, and curating Black health data and experiences; text and data mining; Black public health communication and information; learning solutions that address health disparities; Black health social networks; mapping Black health and information; archiving Black lived health experiences.

The Black Frontline 

Using 21st-century global technology of voice notes, Black healthcare-workers will record stories of their experiences on the frontline as a nation’s lifeline. Those voice notes will be a research foundation for the creation of this project. A range of healthcare workers will be featured. From doctors and nurses in the UK to doctors in New York City, to healthcare workers in Accra – The Black Frontline will be a bridge that connects, informs, engages, and transforms knowledge about the pandemic.

Mapping Black Lives Lost to COVID-19

Mapping Black lives lost to COVID-19 provides a spatial view and deeper analysis of over 600 Black Americans who have died from COVID-19. Age, gender, location, and approximate date of death are among the specific categories that are included in the map. The data for the map is culled from obituaries, death announcements, social media posts and personal submission.

COVID Black Youth Oral History Summer Program

COVID Black trains and works with young people ages 15-18 to collect oral health histories of Black communities on a wide variety of health topics, including the COVID-19 pandemic, health disparities, wellness, and their relationship to social issues such as  mental health, poverty, violence, education, housing, employment, and family support. 

The National Negro Health Digital Project: Recovering and Restoring a Black Public Health Corpus

The National Negro Health Digital Project: Recovering and Restoring a Black Public Health Corpus draws on HathiTrust’s collection of public health documents on Black health to explore how early twentieth Black public health officials communicated and addressed health disparities that impacted Black communities. The major goal of the project is to create a series of worksets and visualizations that scholars and students of Black health and medicine along with public health experts and healthcare providers can use to deepen historical narratives about Black health that might offer insight into the development of contemporary health communications targeted toward Black communities.

Black Health Data Hub

The Black Health Data Hub is aimed at hosting and facilitating the use of publicly available historical and contemporary Black health data for research projects. The hub will be designed to organize and share data on Black health among collaborators, users, and community members in the Mukurtu content management system.

COVID Black Summer Internship

COVID Black offers a unique learning and work experience for college students interested in an internship with a dynamic community-focused health data and information organization. COVID Black’s internship program assists students in becoming competent, ethical, and confident professionals in different health care sectors. We provide experiences and supervision that allow interns to gain knowledge and tools that empower them to work within and with Black communities on a variety of initiatives to combat health disparities and foster wellness. The COVID Black internship program is an integral part of our community of learning and engagement. Our internships help bridge the gap between the academic and working world by providing hands-on experience to interns through supervised training and community engagement.

Who We Work With

Some of our Clients and Partners include:

American Medical Association

Armah Institute of Emotional Justice

Association of Black Psychologists

Advancing Health Equity

APM Research Lab

Johns Hopkins Center for Medical Humanities & Social Science

Association of American Medical Colleges

Youth M.O.V.E. Detroit

Youth United

The Children’s Center

Digital Justice Lab

Center for the Study of Religion and the City

Blue Civic Hills Association

Kaiser Family Foundation

Center for Urban Community Services