We at Advance-CTR are pleased to announce two new initiatives that aim combat the COVID-19 pandemic through community, institutional, and inter-state partnerships:
Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics – Underserved Populations (RADx-UP)
"Developing a Real Time Monitoring System and Program to Improve COVID-19 Testing for Latinx Populations" (U54, NIGMS)
Advance-CTR and our partners have been awarded a competitive revision to leverage the Rhode Island's Health Information Exchange to improve COVID-19 testing within Latinx communities in our state.
The initiative is a partnership between Advance-CTR; Lifespan; the Brown Center for Biomedical Informatics, School of Public Health, and Alpert Medical School; the Rhode Island Quality Institute; and Progreso Latino.
We anticipate this initiative to have a great impact on RI's Latinx population by increasing the community's uptake of COVID-19 testing and, ultimately, developing therapeutics and vaccines. The overarching goal of this program is to understand factors that have led to disproportionate burden of the pandemic on these underserved and vulnerable populations so that interventions can be implemented to decrease these disparities.
National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C)
Advance-CTR has joined a national effort, led by West Virginia CTSI, to build an IDeA-CTR Patient Data Registry to address COVID-19.
The IDeA-CTR programs will contribute data from 8 of the 11 IDeA state regions: Delaware, Great Plains, Louisiana, Mississippi, Northern New England, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. The aim is for the IDeA-CTR Registry to be part of the NCATS National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C).
The work is in-progress, but all RI investigators may access the current data available in the N3C database.
We recommend attending this introductory webinar, hosted by the Great Plains IDeA-CTR Network on October 28 to learn more about the program and how to get started.