Our Pierce County NHPI community is the second largest NHPI community in the State of Washington. Historically, the Samoan, CHamoru & Native Hawaiian community have settled this region due to proximity to the local military base, Fort Lewis. NHPI communities is a vibrant part of the Pierce County cultural fabric. Pierce County has become a hub for many Pasifika communities who were displaced due to gentrification in search of more accessible housing. Our PICA-WA – Pierce County Chapter is primarily focused on co-designing interventions in partnership with the Tacoma Pierce County Health District to mitigate inequities caused by long-standing systemic racism along with standing up our political advocacy work to activate the leadership of our families.
We currently are working collaboratively with Tacoma Pierce County Health District to alleviate racial disparities that continue to disenfranchise NHPI communities in Pierce not just in health disparities but in other socio-economic factors. We are currently partner with faith-based communities to offer our service provisions while activation our communities members about the importance of civic engagement in advancing our health and sense of wealth socially.
Our Pierce County Food Distribution site is located at: 1235 E 56th St, Tacoma WA. It occurs 1st and 3rd Thursdays from 3pm to 6pm. Please drive by and our PICA-WA staff and volunteers will provide food boxes to be loaded in your backseat or trunk.
We offer Covid 19 testing on 3rd Thursdays at our Food Distribution site. For mobile testing sites in Pierce County, click on the following link: https://www.tpchd.org/healthy-people/diseases/covid-19/testing-information.
If you, your family or a Pasifika family you know is going through a crisis and need social support, please reach out to our PICA-WA staff to conduct a service assessment so we can make appropriate referrals to the right services. Please fill out form below.