COID Engagement Initiative


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

Funded through

  • Biotechnology Innovation Organization
  • Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award EAIN-00204
  • TDW+Co
  • 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

Koviki Talk
To facilitate connection and discussion between researchers and other stakeholders, PI-CoPCE with partners hosts Koviki Talk, a weekly webinar/podcast on all things Pacific Islanders, COVID-19, and seeking wisdom.

Viewers can register early on Zoom or tune in on Facebook Live. See below for recordings of previous episodes.

For additional COVID-19 resources, visit the Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team page.

Koviki Talk Past Episodes

Ep. 1 Seeking Wisdom 101

Ep. 3 – Seeking a Cure

Ep. 5 – Seeking Wisdom 201

Ep. 7 – How to Be a Good Research Partner

Ep. 9 – Infectious Diseases in the Pacific

Ep. 11 – Data Disaggregation

Ep. 13 – Community Health Workers

Ep. 15 – Vaccine Distribution

Ep. 17 – San Diego is Winning

Ep. 19 – Welcome to the Inland Empire

Ep. 21 – Meet the Utah Pacific Islander Health Coalition

Ep. 2 – Census 2020

Ep. 4 – Faith in Action

Ep. 6 – Voting in the Time of Corona

Ep. 8 – Have You Voted Yet?

Ep. 10 – Pasifika Youth Voice

Ep. 12 – Vaccines for the Prevention of COVID-19: An Unprecedented Need – An Unprecedented Response

Ep. 14 – Mental & Spiritual Health

Ep. 16 – How to Talk About the Vaccine

Ep. 18 – Meet the Southern California Team

Ep. 20 – Meet the Northern California Team

Ep. 22 – Arkansas Coalition of Marshallese

How can we work together?

How can we work together?