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Micronesians Building Healthier Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Title:Micronesians Building Healthier Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Authors:Shek, Dina
Delafield, Rebecca
Viernes, James Perez
Pangelinan, Joseph
Sound-Kikku, Innocenta
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Asher, Shanty Sigrah
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Pacific Islanders
Patient advocacy
COVID-19 (Disease)
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Date Issued:Oct 2021
Publisher:Hawaii Journal of Health & Social Welfare
Citation:80 Haw. J. of Health & Soc. Welfare 10
Abstract:Micronesian communities in Hawaiʻi have a long history of mobilizing to address challenges they encounter as the most recent and fastest growing Pacific Islander immigrant population in the state. In particular, community leaders navigate a slew of obstacles specific to systemic racism and health care access. These hurdles have become exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, prompting a range of Micronesian-led responses to the health crisis including strategic adaptations to existing networks and roles to address essential public health functions. These community responses have filled many critical gaps left by the state’s delayed response to addressing the disparate impact of COVID-19 on Micronesian communities. This article highlights and encourages engagement with diverse models of collaboration and elevation of Micronesian leadership that has resulted in more productive cooperation with government leaders, agencies, and policymakers. This work offers insight into pathways forward toward healthier Micronesian families and communities.
Pages/Duration:6 pages
Journal:Hawaii Journal of Health & Social Welfare
Appears in Collections: Shek, Dina

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