The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

ALLEN LIN

Lessons learned from this project are:

  • Obtaining participation for either the listening sessions or the surveys were difficult possibly due to a lack of interest, conflict of time, poor communication through emails, or due to a negative view and distrust towards research in general partly by the Tuskegee experiment.

  • Scheduling the listening sessions were difficult due to the busy schedules of both the interviewee and the interviewer.

  • Keeping track of all the data like the informed consent to the listening session responses and surveys in addition to keeping track of the email invitations which can be challenging.

  • Overall, the target demographic had not been affected financially but rather mentally. Therefore, solutions should include ways to relieve stress, anxiety, or to decrease workload to help improve the negative impact of COVID on mental health. In addition, the information related to the COVID-19 vaccines should include efficacy and safety to address the concerns some may have in deciding to take the vaccine.

ARIYAH ROBINSON

KIARA BAKER

Lesson learned from this project are:

  • A large percentage (63%) of the participants are curious to know about short and long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine before getting it.

  • It is difficult to get people to take part in research without some type of incentive.

  • Those who do not regularly get the flu vaccine are more opposed to or skeptical of the COVID-19 vaccine.

  • Majority. of the participants get their news from social media which can have an influence on their attitudes towards the COVID-19 vaccine.

ASHELY GEORGE

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • Regardless of individuals wanting to take the vaccine or not, the mass majority would like to see more advanced research concerning the safety of the vaccine.

  • Helping older generations overcome the technology curve is vital in today’s society.

EVANN BAILEY

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • Regardless of individuals wanting to take the vaccine or not, the mass majority would like to see more advanced research concerning the safety of the vaccine.

  • Helping older generations overcome the technology curve is vital in today’s society.

EVELYN ODLE

JESSE MOORE

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • Participants that experience language barriers are more likely to respond to surveys than voicing their concerns through a translator.

  • Majority of participants are hesitant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine; however, are open to receiving once more people in their communities receive it.

EZZA ZAHID

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • The vaccine has high levels of stigma surrounding it and there are many questions that individuals have regarding the time frame in which it has been developed.

  • The best way to collect students to participate for the listening sessions was through the usage of social media.

TIFFANY HARVAEY

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • Most of the participants received their news and information from social media outlets and the internet but expressed caution on what they received due to politics.

  • Participants expressed concerns about the long- term effects of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as making it accessible for more minorities and disabled individuals.

  • There are more individuals within the community willing to get a COVID-19 vaccine than I initially thought.

TRINITY YOUNG

Lesson learned from this project are: 

  • It is more effective to directly ask an individual to participate in a study when they are approached and given an “elevator pitch”.

  • I believe that it would be effective to educate the general public by providing “deliverables” containing accurate and detailed information regarding COVID-19, vaccinations for COVID-19, and clinical trial results in a concise and graphical manner. Several participants relied on social media sources for primary information.

  • When a solution is to be created for people, their thoughts and concerns must be a priority.

Contact

Phone: 615-327-5916

 1005 Dr. D.B. Todd Jr. Boulevard Nashville, TN 37208

HBCU Wellness Project is located on the second floor of the Old Hospital, in the West Wing, Suite 248.

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This Project is sponsored through an appropriation by the State of Tennessee's Legislative Black Caucus.