Establishing a SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Drive-Through Collection Site: A Community-Based Participatory Research Partnership With a Federally Qualified Health Center

Am J Public Health. 2021 Apr;111(4):658-662. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2020.306097. Epub 2021 Feb 18.


The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected underserved and minority populations in the United States. This is partially attributable to limited access to diagnostic testing from deeply rooted structural inequities precipitating higher infection and mortality rates. We describe the process of establishing a drive-through collection site by leveraging an academic-community partnership between a medical institution and a federally qualified health center in Minnesota. Over 10 weeks, 2006 COVID-19 tests were provided to a socioeconomically disadvantaged population of racial/ethnic minorities and low-income essential workers.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • COVID-19 Testing*
  • COVID-19* / mortality
  • Community-Based Participatory Research*
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data
  • Healthcare Disparities / ethnology*
  • Humans
  • Medically Underserved Area
  • Minnesota
  • Minority Groups / statistics & numerical data
  • Public-Private Sector Partnerships
  • Racial Groups
  • Safety-net Providers*
  • Socioeconomic Factors