CICADA is a study of the pandemic experiences in the UK of people from minoritised racialised groups who have long-term illnesses and disabilities. Our work has used a range of approaches, including citizen researchers and participatory and flexible approaches to obtain over 250 interviews with people from minoritised ethnic groups and to hold further workshops with them. We are currently writing a ‘toolkit’ of our experiences with recommendations illustrated through our work – and where appropriate the work of others – which will become freely available this year.

Resources required:

  • Funding to host events and speakers.
  • Expertise and contacts.

Available evidence of impact:

  • Attendance figures.
  • Conversations and dialogue emerging from events.

Links to available resources:

Implementation and potential challenges:

  • Engagement/commitment.
  • Funding.
  • Time to facilitate.

How to Use:

  • Supplement course materials on medical, health and disability in sociology with content from the Cicada Study.
  • Bring up to date discussions of race into wider debates around social structures in healthcare, and perceptions of wellness and disease in a post-Covid-19 world.