About Philly CEAL
The Philadelphia Community Engagement Alliance (Philly CEAL) is a collaborative effort led by the University of Pennsylvania's
School of Nursing and Philly Counts.
Who is leading Philly CEAL?
University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is one of the world’s leading schools of nursing. For the sixth year in a row, it is ranked the #1 nursing school in the world by QS University. In a first for any undergraduate Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program in the country, our BSN program is ranked # 1 in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges rankings.
Penn Nursing is also consistently ranked highly in the U.S. News & World Report annual list of best graduate schools and is ranked as one of the top schools of nursing in funding from the National Institutes of Health. Penn Nursing prepares nurse scientists and nurse leaders to meet the health needs of a global society through innovation in research, education, and practice.
Philly Counts was originally created to support the 2020 Census. Since February 2021, the Philly Counts office has been supporting the Philadelphia Department of Public Health and other community partners in getting Philadelphians the COVID-19 vaccine. They have been able to engage 23,000 residents by phone calls, text messages, canvassing, and pop-up clinics.
The Philly Counts community engagement model has focused on leveraging community networks to further key administration priorities and to increase overall civic engagement in our communities to support a more equitable democracy in Philadelphia. This has included the trusted messenger model to assist the City’s COVID-19 response, mutual aid efforts, and the 2020 General Election.
We are part of a national group of CEAL Teams who are engaging communities in states across the country. Our shared goal is to provide trustworthy and accurate information and to use rapid research approaches to find effective ways to deliver information to communities hardest hit by the pandemic across the United States.
The National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities Alliance (NIH CEAL) is an NIH-wide effort to provide trustworthy information through active community engagement and outreach to the people hardest-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, and American Indians/Alaska Natives, with the goal of building long-lasting partnerships as well as improving diversity and inclusion in the research response to COVID-19.
To provide trustworthy information through active community engagement and outreach to the people hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, including African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, with the goal of building long-lasting partnerships as well as improving diversity and inclusion in our research response to COVID-19.
Conduct urgent community-engaged research and outreach focused on COVID-19 awareness and education to address widespread misinformation and distrust in regard to COVID-19 and promote an evidence-based response to the disease.
Promote and facilitate the inclusion of diverse racial and ethnic populations in clinical trials (prevention, vaccine, therapeutics), reflective of the populations disproportionately affected by the pandemic.