Refugee Vaccine Study

Faculty Researchers Include: Dr. Julie C. Keller, PhD; Dr. Steven Cohen, DrPH; Dr. Mary Greaney, PhD; and Dr. Erica Liebermann, PhD.

 The University of Rhode Island’s Julie C. Keller, Steven Cohen, Mary Greaney, and Erica Liebermann were awarded a pilot grant from SBE CCC (Social, Behavioral, & Economic COVID Coordinating Center) to investigate COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy among refugees in Rhode Island. The aim of this study is to explore healthcare access challenges and factors contributing to vaccine hesitancy, as well as identifying sources of misinformation about the COVID-19 vaccine. The research team will employ a community-engaged mixed-methods approach to address gaps in existing research and increase understanding of the unique vulnerabilities faced by refugees. With refugees at increased risk of COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and death, this study has the potential to inform public health policy and increase vaccine confidence in this vulnerable population