Impact and priorities among San Antonio COVID-19 survivors
Despite a recent slight decline in incidence, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage in San Antonio. COVID-19 carries substantial morbidity and mortality, and survivors of COVID-19 infection also stand to suffer potentially long-lasting adverse health, social, financial, and educational effects. With funding from the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District and the Bexar County Health Collaborative, this project aims to:
- Assess the unique impacts and stressors that survivors of COVID-19 encounter; and
- Identify community priorities for addressing these concerns.
Researchers at UTHSCSA will partner with the South Central Area Health Education Center to survey Bexar County residents from UTHSCSA’s Division of Infectious Diseases’ registry of over 4,000 people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The survey will include:
- Demographic information
- Self-report measures assessing physical functioning, mental health, substance use, education, employment, finances, and housing
- Open-ended questions regarding concerns and resource needs.
As the pandemic evolves, the negative impact of social determinants of health along with challenges in access to healthcare and the compounded stress stand to have a lasting impact on our community. This project hopes to facilitate partnerships between researchers and community members that result in meaningful and effective interventions.