“How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affects Filipinos in the US” virtual conference on April 15

by Ricky Rillera

NEW YORK – A virtual conference will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 3 p.m. EST/12 noon PST to engage Filipino-Americans in a community conversation about COVID-19 and the role of thousands of Filipinos who are in the frontline in America’s fight against coronavirus.

“Filipino doctors, nurses, and medical technicians are Frontliners in this pandemic. As Fil-Ams, we should talk about it amongst ourselves,” said Atty. Loida Lewis (representing Filipino Americans for Biden – New York), emcee of the online conference.

The organizers noted that while the exact number of Filipino healthcare professionals are unknown, they said that a good indicator is the presence of many Filipino nurses hired in hospitals across the US citing a 2013 article written by Rodel Rodis, a Fil-Am community leader based in San Francisco and legal counsel of the Philippine Nurses Association of Northern California. “In California alone, 20% of all registered nurses in California are Filipinos, a considerably large percentage since Filipinos number only 2.3 million (officially 1.2 million) out of a state population of 30 million,” Rodis wrote.

Resource speakers at the event include multi-awarded Francisco S. Sy, MD, DrPH, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLVO School of Public Health. An infectious diseases epidemiologist, Dr. Sy was tasked in 2003 to lead the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) SARS Community Outreach Team in Asian communities in the US. His team’s objective was to mitigate the fear and stigma associated with SARS.

Gem Scorp, BSN-RN, MT will share his perspective as a nurse in New York and provide tips on how his fellow nurses can protect themselves and their families from the COVID-19 pandemic. New York has the highest number of persons infected with novel coronavirus at 195,459 cases as of April 14 according to New York Department of Health.

Bobby Scott, US congressman from the 3rd District of Virginia, will discuss the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

Emil Guillermo, a journalist and representative of the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF), will talk about the rising hate violence against Asian Americans during COVID-19 outbreak, and ways to stop it.

A Question and Answer segment will be moderated by Amit S. Jani, National Director of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) for Biden.

Register for FREE at bit.ly/covidaffectsusfilipinos today. For questions and media inquiries, please email Amit Jani at ajani@joebiden.com.

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