Unified in Our Diversity to Address Health Disparities Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Joseph Keawe aimoku Kaholokula, Mona Auyoung, Michelle Chau, Usha Sambamoorthi, Savanna Carson, Chia Thao, May Nguyen, Audrey Alo, Sheldon Riklon, Tana Lepule, Grace X. Ma

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Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA/NHPIs) in the United States. AA/NHPIs have historically been subjected to discrimination, which was exacerbated by the pandemic. To bring attention to their unique concerns, an AA/NHPI Interest Group of the National Institutes of Health Community Engagement Alliance Against COVID-19 Disparities (CEAL) was formed. This article highlights major concerns raised by the Interest Group: The pervasive and arbitrary practice of data aggregation by public health agencies and health-related researchers, the lack of culturally responsive services in the context of cultural safety, and leadership underrepresentation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-545
Number of pages6
JournalHealth Equity
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • Asian American
  • COVID-19
  • Health disparities
  • Native Hawaiian
  • Pacific Islander

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