Latinx Health Disparities Research during COVID-19: Challenges and Innovations

Audrey Harkness, Karina A. Gattamorta, Yannine Estrada, Daniel Jimenez, Mariano Kanamori, Guillermo Prado, Victoria Behar-Zusman

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Background: The Center for Latino Health Research Opportunities (CLaRO) supports and facilitates research addressing substance abuse, violence/trauma, and HIV/AIDS among diverse and underserved Latinx populations. CLaRO runs a pilot awards program for early-stage investigators conducting Latinx health disparities research. This pilot awards program was impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating innovative responses for research continuity. Purpose: The purpose of this commentary is to describe the challenges and innovative research methods developed in response to COVID-19 to continue Latinx health disparities research in the context of COVID-19. Methods/Results: This commentary provides a brief description of each CLaRO pilot project, the challenges introduced by COVID-19, and innovative research methods to continue Latinx health disparities research during and beyond COVID-19. Conclusions: Despite the challenges COVID-19 presents to the continuity of health disparities research, it also presents unprecedented opportunities to innovate. Such innovation is essential for solving persistent scientific, public health, and clinical challenges underlying current and emerging health disparities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)544-547
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Behavioral Medicine
Issue number8
StatePublished - Feb 11 2020


  • COVID-19
  • Health disparities
  • Health equity
  • Latinx/Hispanic
  • Research methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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