Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team


The Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team is a national group of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) researchers, health experts, community leaders and advocates formed to plan and implement infrastructure for informing and supporting families and communities about COVID-19.

The National Lead for the team is Dr. Raynald Samoa and the Technical Assistance Lead is Dr. Nia Aitaoto. The Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence is the convening organization for the Response Team. A list and names of the National Focus committee, as well as the names and contact information for the different regional leads for California (Northern and Southern), Washington state (King and Pierce County), Utah, Arkansas, Oregon and Hawaii is included below.

May 27, 2020 Testimony – The Disproportionate Impact Of COVID-19 On Communities Of Color, U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee Hearing
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May 4, 2020 Press Conference – COVID-19 Disproportionate Impact on Pacific Islander Communities
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April 24, 2020 Press ReleaseDevastating COVID-19 Rate Disparities Ripping Through Pacific Islander Communities in the U.S.

Pacific Islanders COVID-19 Response Team Members

Note: If you need COVID-19 assistance and the contact information for your Regional Lead is not shown below, contact us at

RegionLast NameFirst NameEmailPhone 283-2992

(415) 385-5357
N. 371-7110
S. CaliforniaAinaSefa
S. 293-2136
S. 886-5688
S. 972-0969
S. CaliforniaScanlanRita
S. 440-0859
S. 767-3196 525-6241 259-8700 467-8712 631 9283 859-7922


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