Bass Connections

Leave No One Behind: Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on People with Disabilities in North Carolina (2020-2021)

Team Leaders
  • Michel Landry, School of Medicine
  • Marion Quirici, Arts & Sciences-Thompson Writing Program
  • Kearsley Stewart, Duke Global Health Institute
Graduate Team Members
  • Deepti Agnihotri, Global Health – MS
Faculty/Staff Team Contributors
  • Anna Tupetz, School of Medicine-Surgery: Emergency Medicine

Some populations are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 based on factors such as close living accommodations, challenges around implementing preventive measures and barriers to accessing care for either testing or intervention. People with disabilities are reported to be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 due to factors such as lack of access to necessary therapies due to social distancing. However, there is currently limited information on this population and their lived experiences, which has hindered practitioners’ and policymakers’ abilities to develop interventions to help this diverse group.

Project Description

This project team will investigate the lived experiences of North Carolinians with disabilities and their families across different COVID-19 phases in order to make policy and practice recommendations.

Team members will investigate the lived experiences of people with disabilities in Orange, Durham and Wake counties to develop evidence-based and inclusive policy and practice response mechanisms.

Read more on the Bass Connections website!