As a health justice organization and as a public health advocate, we always care about the well-being of our communities. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is an evolving health crisis in our country that is volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. We strongly recommend that communities follow the guidance of Center For Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other public health authorities. It is important that we come together during this uncertain time, care for our neighbors and exercise common sense.

APIAHF will continue to monitor the situation and advocate to ensure that the national effort to address this emergency avoids perpetuating racist tropes, that communities are not excluded from treatment and assistance efforts, and that information is available in as many languages as possible, so that all may be equally well informed.

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The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) influences policy, mobilizes communities, and strengthens programs and organizations to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.