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Community-oriented initiatives can help to provide public health messaging and promote equitable access for people from ethnically diverse communities
  1. Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi1,2
  1. 1Independent Researcher, Rochester, New York, USA
  2. 2Psychology, Southern New Hampshire University, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Akhtar Ebrahimi Ghassemi, Independent Researcher, Rochester, New York, USA; aghassemi11{at}

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Commentary on: Ekezie W, Maxwell A, Byron M, Czyznikowska B, Osman I, Moylan K, Gong S, Pareek M. Health communication and inequalities in primary care access during COVID-19 pandemic among ethnic minorities in the United Kingdom: lived experiences and recommendations. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022;19:15166.

Implications for practice and research

  • To improve primary health access, reduce social inequalities and disinformation, and overcome challenges to accessibility, it is crucial to develop evidence-based and community-oriented healthcare initiatives to inform the public and provide health access, especially for ethnic minorities.

  • Future research should focus on developing clear, consistent, effective and global health communication strategies to address primary care access during pandemics, especially for ethnic minority communities.


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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.