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.

Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team Strategic Plan »

Upcoming Events

O le Talanoa ma Faasoa mai o Faletua o le Galuega: Fa’atinoina o le Fa’atuatua i Taimi o le Koviti-19
A Conversation with Our Faletuas: Faith in Action Through COVID-19

Wednesday, August 5 – 6:30-8pm PDT
Online via Zoom: Register at
Facebook Live:

Join the Southern California Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team for a conversation about the key work of Faletuas in ensuring Pacific Islander families in the church are receiving support and resources about keeping their families safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. This session will be conducted in Samoan.

Featured Resources

August 3, 2020 Community Toolkit – SoCal Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team NHPI COVID-19 Community Toolkit
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June 20, 2020 Town HallNational Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Town Hall
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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 Release – Devastating COVID-19 Rate Disparities Ripping Through Pacific Islander Communities in the U.S.

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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

Region Last Name First Name Email Phone
Arkansas Lelan Melisa (479) 283-2992
N. California AhSoon Natalie

(415) 385-5357
N. California Vee-Noga Taunuu (808) 371-7110
S. California Aina Sefa
S. California Alo Audry (310) 293-2136
S. California Lepule Tana (619) 886-5688
S. California Quenga Heidi (562) 972-0969
S. California Scanlan Rita
S. California Tulua Alisi (323) 440-0859
S. California Young Kawen (310) 767-3196
Oregon Alailima Manumalo (909) 525-6241
Utah Fitisemanu Jake (801) 259-8700
Utah Pasi Fahina (801) 467-8712
Utah Satini Margarita (801) 631 9283
Washington Seia Joseph (206) 859-7922

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