The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the inequities across many areas in our society including health care, research, policy, and essential community services. Although data that separates Pacific Islander numbers from the general population is limited, the states and counties that are reporting this data show Pacific Islanders are disproportionately affected by COVID-19—with some regions seeing rates of infection up to five times that of white people.
To address this disparity, PI-CoPCE is working with Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team and other partners to implement the COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases Engagement Initiative (COIDEI).
Dr. Nia Aitaoto
Principal Investigator/Project Director
- Biotechnology Innovation Organization
- Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award EAIN-00204
- Walmart Foundation
The long-term objective of COIDEI is to reduce health disparities related to COVID-19 and other infectious diseases (COID). To accomplish this, the Initiative aims to:
- Facilitate an inclusive dialogue with diverse stakeholders to set and address COID research priorities
- Develop stakeholders’ capacity to conduct PCOR/CER including conducting training, providing resources, and facilitating partnerships
- Disseminate current knowledge, research, and best practices related to COID