Covid 19 Response:
Although Pacific Islander community is small, recent studies prove that we are two times higher at risk, causing public health experts and community leaders to scramble! Covid 19 has infected Pacific Islanders at a rate more than twice that of California as a whole — and killed them at a rate 2.6 times higher with the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group.
Responding to families who are affected by Covid 19 has been a primary focus of our team. Since Covid 19 restrictions APV has offered, in addition to its regular services, outdoor singing and storytelling in small numbers for different age groups to help, if only for a brief afternoon, the young and the old deal with their isolation and to distract themselves from the mounting stress of financial and household pressures.and their growing stress, trauma, and psychological needs.
Since Covid 19 ‘Anamatangi staff has received a dramatic spike in emergency needs for the community. An increase of domestio[oc violence, child abuse, mental health referrals, primary needs ie: food, shelter, utilities, financial assistance, requests for donations, employment and more. There has also been a large number of PI abuse and criminal cases referred to our team.
Anamatangi and our families have been in quarantine yet we’ve found creative ways to stay in contact with families and help them heal through this process.
Mental health checks, weekly/daily check-ins, providing county/community resources for families (food, clothes, shelter relief, utilities resources, wellness/spiritual connections, hardware/computer online assistance, and family/children/youth support.) We currently are working within the guidelines as suggested by CDC, county, and city guidelines.
Reported by the State of California in a recent Cal Matters Article:
“Already, the rate of infection among Pacific Islanders has alarmed public health experts and community leaders. As of Sunday, (date),the novel corona virus had infected Pacific Islanders at a rate more than twice that of the state as a whole — and killed them at a rate 2.6 times higher, the highest rates of any racial or ethnic group.
While the numbers are still small — California reported 416 known cases and 20 deaths among Pacific Islanders — they reveal a growing threat in a community that suffers disproportionately high rates of chronic illness, accustomed to living in multigenerational households and work higher-risk jobs such as food service, transportation and health care that can’t be done from home.”
Important Contact Information:
Ecumenical Hunger Program: https://www.ehpcares.