This year, BHRS ODE’s Health Equity Initiative, Pacific Islander Initiative (PII) welcomes a returning co-chair, Brittany Afu, who is currently working with long-time partner, Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center. Luci Latu and Brittany have been focusing on rebuilding past partnerships and cultivating new ones to strengthen PII’s membership base.
Some of the initiative’s focus this year has been on COVID outreach – raising awareness around COVID testing, vaccines and linking families to COVID relief programs and services. Other focuses include outreaching for partner events and community classes, sharing information about services and completing community presentations to raise awareness on critical issues affecting the PII community.
Recently, the PII co-chairs presented to a class at UC Berkeley discussing Pacific Islander health disparities and how the initiative and other partnering agencies are developing strategies to address community needs. It is an ongoing effort, and we hope to make community impacts by filling future Parent Project courses, hosting Mental Health First Aid trainings and getting more families connected to needed care.
Blog written by Brittany Afu
Co-Chair of Pacific Islander Initiative of San Mateo County,
To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative and other health equity initiatives, visit SMCHealth.org/HEI.
The Health Equity Initiatives are funded through BHRS’ Office of Diversity and Equity. For more information click here.
To learn more about Pacific Islander Initiative, visit smchealth.org/pacific-islander-initiative.