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Focus Group Findings: Pandemic Response Inaccessible

April 10, 2024

Co-creating the future of healthcare is 🔑 to equitable access for deaf and hard of hearing communities. Today, DeafHealth unveils its most recent Findings from focus groups in Minnesota examining what our communities need in public health crises, specifically vaccine experiences. We found three consistent cultural needs:  

1️. Need for tailored, accessible communication strategies.  

2. Standardized access to accommodations and interpreters.  

3. Desire for consistent and current information. 

We received grant funding from the Minnesota Department of Health to investigate and improve access to resources and knowledge on COVID-19 and vaccination for our deaf communities. Read the full report here.

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Video Description: The post has a video thumbnail with blue shading overlaid. The middle has a text bubble that reads “What do we need for future crises?” in white text with rose background. In the video: A woman with long brown hair pulled back and a black shirt faces the camera. 

Transcript: I love our focus groups. That opportunity to sit down with a group, engage, listen, consider different perspectives, identify consistencies, and witness our beautiful communities. DeafHealth prioritizes focus groups and community listening. We just published the findings report of our most recent focus group in Minnesota. We found three powerful themes: Theme 1: Need for tailored, accessible communication strategies catered to our community needs. Theme 2: Standardized access to interpreters and accommodations. Theme 3: Desire for consistent and current information. Curious to learn more? Click the link below or sign up for updates to participate in the next focus group. [The screen fades to show a thumbnail of a faded white background of a doctor holding hands with another individual] Deaf. Healthy. DeafHealth. Learn more at]

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