Forging Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Community Partnerships for Rapid Response to COVID-19
APIAHF and community partners working to support the needs of AA and NH/PI communities in response to COVID-19 in partnership with CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE).
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One-Year Overview of Forging Partnerships
APIAHF and their Forging Partners are addressing COVID-19 misinformation in the Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA and NH/PI) communities in the metropolitan areas of Seattle, WA and New York City, NY, Northern California, and all islands in Hawaiʻi. In partnership with WeCanDoThis COVID-19 Community Corps. APIAHF has developed public service announcement (PSA) videos in five Asian languages and five Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander languages to dispel common myths about the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, APIAHF co-developed fact sheets on COVID-19 vaccination rights to encourage members of the community to get vaccinated. These fact sheets were translated into 26 different AA and NH/PI languages. APIAHF is also strengthening partner capacity to provide accurate translations by developing a glossary of common COVID-19 terms and phrases in five Asian languages and five Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander languages. Additional examples of Forging Partnership resources facilitated by capacity-building assistance include:
A COVID-19 resources webpage in Vietnamese, Hmong, Khmer, and Lao and a bilingual virtual townhall to discuss COVID-19 vaccines safety, access, and eligibility with Southeast Asian communities of Northern California and healthcare experts (SEARAC);
Social media messages to address the fear caused by the pandemic in Chinese and Vietnamese communities of Seattle (Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations);
Narrative videos featuring local Pacific Islanders in Washington who share their cultural resistance and discuss health during the COVID-19 pandemic (Pacific Island Community Association of Washington);
Ethnic radio, print, and TV ads and stories about COVID-19 prevention and vaccination distributed to South, Southeast, and East Asian American communities in New York City (Coalition for Asian Americans Children of Families and NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health); and
Culturally tailored in-language PSAs, webinars, and testimonials about COVID-19 prevention and vaccination to be distributed through a trusted network of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander partners in Hawaiʻi (Papa Ola Lokahi).