APIAHF

APIAHF is closely monitoring the novel Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). This page will be updated regularly as news and resources develop.


Our Policy Work on COVID-19

APIAHF is advocating for an equitable federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are fighting to ensure public health officials have the detailed demographic data they need to help all communities; to guarantee people who are Limited-English Proficient have their civil rights respected; and to demand the inclusion of immigrant and AA and NHPI communities in the federal public health and economic responses.

 

COVID-19 Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Language Resources

AA & NHPI communities are diverse and we want to make sure everyone is getting connected to resources in their languages. Visit our community library of  in-language resources that will help you, your family and community combat COVID-19. If you’d like to add an in-language resource that you’ve seen or created to the library, please fill out this form.

Get COVID-19 In-Language Resources

Submit COVID-19 In-Language Resources

 

National AA and NHPI Health Response Partnership

APIAHF and 27 national and community Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA NHPI) partners, with the CDC, launched the National AA NHPI Health Response Partnership (the Partnership) to offer culturally and linguistically accessible resources to AA NHPI communities. 

AA-NHPIHealthResponse.org will provide online resources to inform AA NHPI populations on different pressing public health issues. In its initial phase, the Partnership included resources for COVID-19, specifically vaccinations, data accumulation efforts, public service announcements and health education.

Visit the National AA and NHPI Health Response Partnership

 

APIAHF & NAPABA Hate Crimes Resources

APIAHF & NAPABA have collaborated on a hate crime/incident toolkit that provides basic and critical information for victims, community based organization, and community leaders. Translated into 24 different languages, this information provides background on:

  • Understanding the difference between a hate crime and hate incident
  • Working with law enforcement and the media
  • Checklist for community organizations
  • Frequently asked questions

 

AA and NHPI Project Firstline

APIAHF is coordinating with Project Firstline and its Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander partner organizations to prepare frontline healthcare workers and the public health workforce to protect themselves, their patients, and their communities from infectious disease threats.

Visit Project Firstline

 

COVID-19 Resources

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Essential Workers: Getting Started — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has created a COVID-19 Vaccination Communication Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations to help build confidence in this important new vaccine.
  • CDC COVID Data Tracker — CDC has launched a new COVID-19 Data Tracker module that includes state-specific vaccine administration information for the federal Pharmacy Partnership for Long-Term Care program. To date, more than 2 million long-term care facility (LTCF) residents and staff have received their first dose of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub —The COVID-19 Multilingual Resource Hub was initiated by the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and the Fielding School of Public Health and developed with support from our partner research centers of the Institute of American Cultures, including the American Indian Studies Center, Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies, and Chicano Studies Research Center. The purpose is to gather and share in-language/translated resources on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) for our multilingual communities. The resources listed here are provided for reference to assist members of the community at large, including but not limited to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
  • Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard — CDC’s National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) is supporting the nation’s COVID-19 response by providing a Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) COVID-19 Module, which enables an assessment of the impact of COVID-19 through facility reported information, including: counts of residents and facility personnel (staff) with positive COVID-19 viral test results and death counts among residents and facility personnel with positive COVID-19 viral test results. To learn more, please visit: NHSN Nursing Home COVID-19 Data Dashboard
  • Workplace SARS-CoV-2 Testing: Consent Elements and Disclosures — This document describes the elements of consent and recommended disclosures necessary to support employee decision-making for participating in workplace-based testing. This document expands on the disclosures outlined in “SARS-CoV-2 Testing Strategy: Considerations for Non-Healthcare Workplaces.”
  • Estimated Disease Burden of COVID-19 — To better reflect the burden of COVID-19 – the full impact of the disease — CDC provides estimates of COVID-19 infections, symptomatic illnesses, and hospitalizations using a statistical model to adjust for cases that national surveillance networks are unable to capture for a number of reasons. These estimates and the methodology used to calculate them are published in Clinical Infectious Diseases and available online. To learn more, please visit: Estimated COVID-19 Burden

 

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports

  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) — Allergic Reactions Including Anaphylaxis After Receipt of the First Dose of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, December 21, 2020–January 10, 2021 — As of January 10, 2021, a reported 4,041,396 first doses of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in the United States, and reports of 1,266 (0.03%) adverse events after receipt of Moderna COVID-19 vaccine were submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Among these, 108 case reports were identified for further review as possible cases of severe allergic reaction, including anaphylaxis. Anaphylaxis is a life-threatening allergic reaction that occurs rarely after vaccination, with onset typically within minutes to hours. You can learn more here: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) — COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing Efforts from Health Departments — United States, June 25–July 24, 2020 — In May 2020, CDC funded 64 state, local, and territorial health departments to support COVID-19 response activities. As part of the monitoring process, case investigation and contact tracing metrics for June 25–July 24, 2020, were submitted to CDC by 62 health departments. Descriptive analyses of case investigation and contact tracing load, timeliness, and yield (i.e., the number of contacts elicited divided by the number of patients prioritized for interview) were performed. You can learn more here: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) — Evaluation of Abbott BinaxNOW Rapid Antigen Test for SARS-CoV-2 Infection at Two Community-Based Testing Sites — Pima County, Arizona, November 3–17, 2020 — Rapid antigen tests, such as the Abbott BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card (BinaxNOW), offer results more rapidly (approximately 15–30 minutes) and at a lower cost than do highly sensitive nucleic acid amplification tests (NAATs). Rapid antigen tests have received Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization for use in symptomatic persons, but data are lacking on test performance in asymptomatic persons to inform expanded screening testing to rapidly identify and isolate infected persons. You can learn more here: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report
  • COVID-19 in U.S. Emergency Departments – Data Visualizations — The national map on this page displays visualizations of U.S. emergency department data across three categories: total visits, COVID-like illness visits, and influenza-like illness visits. The data are available at both national and Health and Human Services regional resolutions and across several timescales (e.g., 7-day, 30-day, 90-day). Data are obtained from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention through the National Syndromic Surveillance Program.

 

Additional COVID-19 Resources

 

Health Forum Community Care Package

APIAHF’s Community Care Package is a newsletter dedicated to individuals, community-based organizations, and leaders looking for support during COVID-19 pandemic. In the Community Care Package you’ll find resources that nourish the heart, in-language COVID-19 resources, and the nitty-gritty on tools you never knew you needed during this time. To receive the Community Care Package in your inbox, please subscribe to emails here and visit our Medium account for the latest issues.

 

Day By Day Comic Strip

Follow J, executive director of a community-based organization, as she navigates life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This comic shows the everyday triumphs and challenges of our communities. It emphasizes our common humanity and shared experience.

Day By Day is written by APIAHF. Art by Minnie Phan.

 

APIAHF Testimony and Comments

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Written Testimony of Juliet K. Choi before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Health – Road to Recovery: Ramping Up COVID-19 Vaccines, Testing, and Medical Supply Chain

Testimony and Comments

The novel COVID-19 virus is a national crisis that demonstrates that public health has no boundaries. Yet the impact is being unevenly felt among communities of color who, due to a combination of structural, economic, social and environmental disparities and discrimination, are experiencing higher burdens associated with the pandemic. As a result, COVID-19 is disproportionately…

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Comments on CMS-9912-IFC: Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency

Testimony and Comments

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) submitted this comment letter in response to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Interim Final Rule “Additional Policy and Regulatory Revisions in Response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency. … We are writing to express our deep concern about several provisions of this IFR. In…

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Letter to CDC on COVID-19 Vaccine Data

Letter

APIAHF and Trust for America’s Health (TFAH)’s letter to the CDC with recommendations to address demographic data collection as part of the national vaccine distribution strategy. Disparities in COVID-19 impact are also present in vaccine distribution and administration efforts. While many factors may be contributing to lower vaccination rates in communities of color, it is…

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Statement on Preliminary Framework for Equitable Allocation of COVID-19 Vaccine

Letter

The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF), the NYU Center for the Study of Asian American Health (CSAAH), and the undersigned organizations who together represent the national collaborative of Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) organizations who are the primary contractors with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to…

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COVID-19 Language Access Legislation Letter to Congressional Leadership

Letter

National and State & Local Organizational Letter to Majority Leader McConnell, Minority Leader Schumer, Speaker Pelosi, and Minority Leader McCarthy  We are organizations that care about the health of limited English Proficient (LEP), deaf, hard-of-hearing, and DeafBlind communities, blind persons, and people who cannot rely on speech to be heard and understood. Sadly, the needs of…

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What Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Community Organizations Need in the Face of the Covid-19 Pandemic

Fact Sheet

 In April, 2020, three weeks after the novel COVID-19 pandemic was declared, the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum surveyed 45 community partners to assess their needs in responding to the national crisis. The respondents are located across 23 different states that cover all regions of the U.S. Ten of the organizations focus on Southeast Asian populations,…

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COVID-19 Demographic Data Sign On Letter to Congressional Leaders

Letter

In recent weeks, state and local officials have documented that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. While anyone can be at risk for infection from the novel coronavirus, in the United States many systemic inequities, discrimination, and harmful social determinants of health have led to long-standing disparities in communities of…

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COVID-19 Demographic Data Sign On Letter to HHS

Letter

In recent weeks, state and local officials have documented that communities of color are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. While anyone can be at risk for infection from the novel coronavirus, in the United States many systemic inequities, discrimination, and harmful social determinants of health have led to long-standing disparities in communities of…

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APIAHF Letter to Congressional Leaders on COFA and COVID-19

Letter

I am writing you, as you develop the highly needed next phases of COVID-19 response legislation, to ask that you include in it the bipartisan Covering Our FAS Allies Act (COFA Act, H.R. 4821 and S.2218). We appreciate that the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act (H.R. 6379) did include this measure, though we…

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COVID-19 Language and Communications Access Letter to Congress

Letter

We are organizations that work with and advocate for Limited English Proficient (LEP) populations, deaf and hard-of-hearing communities, blind persons, and people who cannot rely on speech to be heard and understood. We write to you in support of ensuring the federal response to the COVID-19 pandemic adequately meets the communication and language access needs…