COVID-19 and Other Infectious Diseases Health Equity Response Network

AAPCHO and the Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence (PI-CoPCE) developed the COVID-19 & Other Infectious Diseases Health Equity Response Network (CHERN) to proactively engage, inform, and train the healthcare workforce to prevent and control the spread of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases

CONTACT

  • Jen Lee, Deputy Director
  • Joe Lee, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Partnerships
  • John Nguyen-Yap, Associate Director, Health Equity
  • Evelyn Moua, Associate Director, Chronic & Infectious Disease Initiatives

PROJECT GOALS

The COVID-19 & Other Infectious Diseases Health Equity Response Network aims to achieve the following long-term outcomes: 

  • Fewer healthcare-associated infections among AA and NH/PI patients and healthcare workers
  • Fewer community-acquired infections across public and private settings in underserved AA and NH/PI communities
  • Improved clinical outcomes among AA and NH/PI patients with or who are at increased risk for emerging infectious diseases.
Primary Functions of the Network Response Network Activities
  • Primary care strategic planning
  • Sharing of resources and best practices among interdisciplinary providers
  • Increasing awareness and understanding of culturally and linguistically appropriate COVID-19 testing and treatment strategies
  • Physician and nurse consultation for appropriate screening, evaluation, diagnosis, management, and treatment of COVID-19 patients and persons with suspected SARS-CoV-2 infection
  • Address questions on any COVID-19 related topic raised by health practitioners

TRAINING & TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE

AAPCHO facilitates monthly COVID-19 Roundtables for its members and partners of CHERN. For more information about the Roundtables and to get involved, contact John Nguyen-Yap at jnguyenyap@aapcho.org

COVID-19 Roundtable

Every third Thursday of the month 11:00am HT / 1:00pm PT / 4:00 pm ET

RESOURCES

LOCAL PARTNERS OF CHERN

State/Region Local Partners of the COVID-19 & Other Infectious Diseases Health Equity Response Network
CA Asian Health Services
CA Community Medical Wellness Center USA
CA North East Medical Services
HI Kalihi-Palama Health Center
HI Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services
HI Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center
HI West Hawaii Community Health Center
HI, USAPI Pacific Islander Primary Care Association
Kosrae, FSM Kosrae Community Health Center
NY Charles B. Wang Community Health Center
OH Asian Services In Action
WA International Community Health Services
Yap, FSM Wa’ab Community Health Center / Yap State Hospital

CONSULTANTS

  • Chia Wang, MD, Infectious Diseases Specialist, Virginia Mason Medical Center and International Community Health Services
  • Nia Aitaoto, PhD, Technical Assistance Lead of the Pacific Islander Center of Primary Care Excellence