Project Abstract: CDC-RFA-IP21-2106 | Part A & B
Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum
The Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum (APIAHF) proposes to support increased engagement with both flu and COVID-19 response by strengthening partnerships among Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) community-level organizations (CBOs) and improving their use of communication, information technologies, and resources available from the CDC and other vetted sources through the Learning Hub, Data Hub, and/or Media Center. APIAHF will increase: 1) acceptance of vaccine among AA NHPIs and 2) access for AA NHPIs to immunization services. A key part of the strategy is to build the capacity of CBOs across the country to conduct flu and COVID-19 education and outreach activities, including connecting AA NHPI communities to vaccination providers. Efforts will also address the stigmatization and violence inflicted upon Asian Americans due to COVID-19.
APIAHF will work with local and national partners to design and deliver effective interventions to improve vaccination coverage among AA NHPIs and implement strategies to reduce disparities in adult vaccination coverage among AA NHPIs. Building upon existing COVID-19 educational messaging and campaigns for both the health facilities workforce and hard-to-reach AA NHPI populations, the initiative will reach AA NHPI communities in Year 1 with flu and COVID-19 vaccination education and messages, as well as increase the number and diversity of vaccination opportunities, and will continue in subsequent years to address flu and COVID-19 vaccination hesitancy, increase vaccination coverage, and increase the number and diversity of vaccination opportunities for hard-to-reach AA NHPI communities.
Outcomes. The outcomes of the initiative will include:
• Increased range of trusted AA NHPI community voices and influencers who support vaccine education and delivery.
• Increased messages for AA NHPI communities regarding the importance of vaccination.
• Increased number and diversity of vaccination opportunities for AA NHPI communities.
• Increased partnerships and collaborative activities between vaccination providers and AA NHPI community organizations in 19-35 states and locales.
Strategies and Activities. APIAHF will convene and coordinate a national infrastructure for vaccination activities at the local level in AA NHPI communities in 19-35 states and locales. Together, with this partnership, APIAHF will develop and deploy a vaccination educational campaign for AA NHPIs, building on existing educational campaigns which are addressing COVID-19 prevention, testing, access to care, and vaccination. These campaigns and messages will be expanded to include seasonal flu throughout the flu season and particularly for National Influenza Vaccine Week every December. The base for this national infrastructure is already built through existing CDC contracts with 9 other national and state-based partners. To that, we will add another 15-30 local partners in a total of 19-35 states and locales, many of whom we are already working with through the existing national partnership. APIAHF will connect communities with vaccination providers, including pharmacies and community health centers, in order to increase the number and diversity of vaccination opportunities for AA NHPIs.