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Study with UCL on COVID-19 and Ethnicity

University College London (UCL), has received £1.4 million from UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to better understand the impact of COVID-19 on black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and migrant groups, and how to tackle it in community settings, and the Race Equality Foundation is a partner in the study. The study will be led by Dr Robert Aldrige (UCL Institute of Health Informatics). Jabeer Butt, Chief Executive of the Race Equality Foundation and co-applicant on this study, will be the Foundation’s lead.

The partnership will also link the Million Migrant cohort study (on healthcare and mortality outcomes in non-EU migrants and refugees to England since 2015) with data on COVID-19 diagnosis and hospitalisation to determine the outcomes for people in these communities with COVID-19 and the underlying factors behind this. Race Equality Foundation has already published extensively on the disproportionate impact on these groups, which can be found on the website.

On working with the Foundation, Dr Alderidge said: “we worked with the Race Equality Foundation to review all aspects of the study, including the involvement of a Patient and Public Involvement colleague. We will continue to work with the Foundation on the analysis of data and to co-produce solutions to the issues the research uncovers. This will ensure the study remains relevant and can be delivered and communicated to a range of audiences.”

CEO Jabeer Butt, co-applicant on the project, said: “Race Equality Foundation welcomes the opportunity to be involved in the study with UCL and to work to produce substantive solutions that will have a strong impact in helping BAME and migrant communities affected by COVID-19.”

For more detailed information see: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2020/jul/new-research-investigate-links-between-covid-19-and-ethnicity

Or contact: jabeer@racefound.org.uk