WASHINGTON STATE PACIFIC ISLANDER
COVID 19 COMMUNITY RESPONSE

The PI Covid 19 Taskforce of Washington was stood up by PICA-WA in April 2020 to address the devastating impact of Covid 19 on Pasifika communities. Covid 19 merely exposed the horrific realities that our Pasifika communities not only face in healthcare disparities, but also housing insecurity, high poverty rates, immigration barriers, environmental racism, and many other barriers that has kept our communities from thriving. The Taskforce’s main strategy is to build powerful networks of Pasifika leaders who are leaning into our unique strengths and gifts to fight Covid 19. We have stood up unique intervention strategies created with one motivation in mind, to increase the well-being of our communities physically, mentally, socially, economically and culturally. 

PACIFIC ISLANDER COVID 19 TASKFORCE PARTNERS

OUR PASIFIKA MEDICAL EXPERT: DR. MALIK FUIMAONO

Dr. Malik Fuimaono was born in California but raised in Samoa where he attended school in Apia. He received and accepted a scholarship to Auckland University and graduated with a Bachelor in Science majoring in Biology. He pursued his medical school degree from Saint George’s University and established his residency in Internal Medicine from St Michael’s Hospital, Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He currently is the Associate Chief hospitalist at Skagit Valley hospital in Mount Vernon, Washington. He also serves as an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Pacific Northwest Medical school, Yakima, Washington and is a core clinical faculty for Internal Medicine residency at Skagit Valley hospital. He currently lives with my wife Tusi and 4 kids in Mount Vernon, Washington. He enjoys volunteering time to help kids and giving educational sessions concerning the medical concerns of our Pacific Island communities in Washington State.  He also enjoys playing rugby in his spare time.

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PI COVID 19 TASKFORCE PSA

PREVENTING THE SPREAD

If you are in need of masks, please reach out to us. Masks have been proven as an effective prevention strategy against Covid 19 spread. It is important that our Pacific Islander families are wearing masks when they go out in public at all times. Keep our elders safe and wear your mask. The masks will stop us from spreading the virus that can kill our grandmothers and grandfathers. Thank you. 

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JOIN OUR #IWEARAMASK CAMPAIGN

Email joseph@picawa.org with your picture of with a mask on and a quote in English and/or in your Pasifika Tongue promoting the reason why you are wearing a mask and then tag all your friends and family on social media. We hope that Pacific Islanders are taking the precautions and wearing masks so we stop the spread from killing our elders and vulnerable members. 

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