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 Asian Americans Are Less Likely Than Public Overall to Know Someone With COVID-19. Their Mental Health Has Suffered Just the Same

And people with family, friends or business connections overseas may also have a more nuanced view of how other countries have responded to the pandemic and how the United States has fallen short, said Juliet Choi, chief executive of the advocacy group Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum.

“A lot of us, our families still have close ties to countries in Asia,” Choi said, noting success in managing the virus in Taiwan and South Korea. “In those countries, the government plays such a big role. So I do think that’s influencing our psyche here in terms of COVID.”

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 Racial, ethnic minorities continue to die from covid-19 at much higher rates, Post analysis shows

Juliet Choi, chief executive of the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, said many of the measures sought by minority groups to mitigate the effects of the virus on their communities are easy to implement and inexpensive, but they have been mostly ignored.
“It comes down to political will and commitment,” Choi said. “We’re not asking that decades of systemic barriers get eliminated overnight, but there are many simple things we should be doing that we are not doing.”

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 Politico Women Rule Newsletter

Juliet Choi has been named CEO of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Choi served as a senior official in the HHS civil rights office during the Obama administration.

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 Politico Pulse Newsletter

JULIET CHOI named new CEO of Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum. Choi, who served as a senior official in the HHS civil rights office during the Obama administration, had been serving as APIAHF’s executive vice president and chief of staff. Choi takes over for Kathy Ko Chin, who’s led the organization for the past decade as it advocated to restore Medicaid for tens of thousands of Pacific Islanders, improve language access services and push for health equity.

Meanwhile, Curtis Leong will serve as APIAHF’s chief financial and administrative officer, and Gail Mukaihata Hannemann will serve as president.

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 WeChat ban blocked + California’s Asian COVID-19 deaths undercounted: Your AAPI newsletter

Kathy Ko Chin, president of the Oakland-based Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, said Asian Americans tend to be overrepresented in essential worker occupations, noting that a large proportion of the state’s nurses are Filipino. In addition, she said, government officials have not done enough to translate COVID-19 educational materials into the many languages spoken by California’s Asian Americans. The Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration during the past four years, she added, has had a “chilling effect” that has kept many foreign-born Asian Americans from visiting a doctor.

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 California’s deadliest spring in 20 years suggests COVID undercount

Kathy Ko Chin, president of the Oakland-based Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, said Asian Americans also tend to be overrepresented in essential worker occupations, noting that a large proportion of the state’s nurses are Filipino. In addition, she said, government officials have not done enough to translate COVID educational materials into the many languages spoken by California’s Asian Americans. The Trump administration’s rhetoric on immigration during the past four years, she added, has had a “chilling effect” that has kept many foreign-born Asian Americans from visiting a doctor.

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