FYLPRO’s Tayo unveils nationwide survey on Filipino attitudes towards vaccination


NEW YORK – The Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), through its Tayo program, has launched a nationwide survey to document attitudes surrounding vaccination in the Filipinx/a/o community.

The 20-minute survey, MAGPABAKUNA na Tayo (“Measuring and Gathering data on Pilipino/a/x American Behaviors, Attitudes, and Knowledge Understanding the Novel CoronAvirus vaccines”), will be conducted online and via telephone by Tayo and community partner, the Council of Young Filipinx Americans in Medicine (CYFAM). It is available in English and Filipino and open to all Filipino Americans aged 18 and above – regardless of whether they have received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Led by Tayo medical advisor Dr. Melissa Palma, a board-certified preventive medicine and public health physician in Chicago, IL, the survey team includes CYFAM members Abigail Ahyong, Giana Apoderado, Neille John Apostol, Siegried Chen, Diana Del Rosario, Sheena Garcia, Samantha Sumait, Matthew Roces, Mericien Venzon, and Megan Yee, with additional support provided by FYLPRO board members and Tayo core leaders Mark Calaguas, Jobel Vecino and Leezel Tanglao.

The survey seeks to improve data collection on Filipino Americans specifically and assist in the disaggregation of data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. According to FYLPRO, the longstanding practice of aggregating socioeconomic, public health, and other data under one broad AAPI category often obscures pernicious inequalities at the individual ethnic community level. In addition, although Filipinos have emerged as the second-largest Asian American ethnic group in the United States, FilAms are vastly underrepresented in medical research.

Dr, Melissa Palma | Photo via FYLPRO

“Despite making up over 6% of the US population, less than 0.2% of the National Institutes of Health budget is dedicated to studying the health of Asian American populations,” Dr. Palma said. “Oftentimes, academic researchers label immigrant groups like Filipinos as ‘hard to reach,’ but in my experience, oftentimes they aren’t sending the right people to ask and engage with us.”

“This survey is vitally important to improve collection of data about us as a community,” said Leezel Tanglao, FYLPRO president and Tayo project director. “The lack of disaggregated data has made it difficult to fully understand the impact of COVID-19 on the Filipino community. This is the first step in better telling our story.”

The survey, which is generously supported by a grant from the CDC Foundation, can be accessed at redcap. Link/FYLPROTayoSurvey. Analysis of results is expected in late fall 2022. For more information about the survey, visit https://bit.ly/TayoVaccineSurveyInfo

Tayo, a project of the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), is an innovative data hub that empowers Filipinx/a/o communities by collecting data, fostering partnerships, publishing culturally relevant insights, and developing leaders to create an equitable and sustainable future.

–With Jay Domingo/PDM

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