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The Care Forum supporting BME community voices

Care Forum staff member Rachel de Garang, as part her Community Engagement role with the Voice and Influence Partnership (VIP) which is lead by The Care Forum, worked closely with a team from the Health Protection Research Unit, Population Health Sciences at Bristol University on their recent Covid-19 Transmission research project.

One of her key contributions was ensuring BME community members had the opportunity to participate in the research and Rachel is listed as one of the co-authors of the report.

A pre-print version of the report is available to read and download. Between them, the report and abstract have already been downloaded over 1000 times.

The risk of within-household infection is greatly increased among those from Black Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) and low income communities. Efforts to protect these communities are urgently needed.


The report has been shared with members of the public, scientists, practitioners and science communicators and is currently undergoing peer-review. It has already been mentioned in the policy document, principles for managing SARS-CoV-2 transmission associated with higher education – 3rd September, with the research team, actively working to further disseminate the reports important findings.