PACIFIC ISLANDER COVID 19 TASKFORCE OF WA
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 five regional teams lead by our PICA-WA Chapters in King, Pierce, Snohomish, Spokane & SW Washington implementing unique intervention strategies created with one motivation in mind, to increase the well-being of our communities.
OUR PASIFIKA MEDICAL LEAD
Dr. Malik Fuimaono was born in California but raised in Samoa. Attending school in Apia. Scholarship to Auckland University, graduated with Bachelor Science degree Major Biology. Medical school degree from Saint George’s University with residency in Internal Medicine from St Michael’s Hospital, Seton Hall University in New Jersey. He is currently the Associate Chief hospitalist at Skagit Valley hospital in Mount Vernon, Washington. Also an Adjunct Clinical Professor for Pacific NorthWest Medical school, Yakima, Washington. Core clinical faculty for Internal Medicine residency at Skagit Valley hospital. I currently live with my wife Tusi and my 4 kids in Mount Vernon, Washington. I enjoy volunteering my time to help kids and giving educational sessions concerning the medical concerns of our Pacific Island communities in Washington State. I also enjoy playing rugby in my spare time.