About

The Southern California Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team (SoCal PICRT) is a coalition of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community-based organizations and advocates providing much-needed resources and information to our communities in the the cities and counties across Southern California. SoCal PICRT is a member of the National Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team.

Participating Organizations

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A Community-Based Approach

SoCal PICRT leverages the knowledge of our Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community advocates and CBOs to serve our people through culturally sensitive communication and practices.

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Participating Advocates

Team and County Leads

 

SoCal PICRT Lead
Kawen Young
NHPI Alliance

Resources Work Group Lead
Audrey Alo
Pacific Islander Health Partnership
www.pacifichealthpartners.org

Data/Communications Work Group Lead
'Alisi Tulua
OCAPICA
www.ocapica.org

Community Engagement Work Group Lead
Heidi Quenga
Kutturan Chamoru Foundation
www.kutturanchamoru.org
@kutturanchamorufoundation

Policy Work Group Lead
Karla Thomas
Community Advocate

Kern County Lead
Rita Scanlan
Pac Biz
www.pacbiz.org

Los Angeles County Leads
Audrey Alo
Pacific Islander Health Partnership
www.pacifichealthpartners.org

Kawen Young
NHPI Alliance

Orange County Lead
Charlene Kazner
Pacific Islander Health Partnership
www.pacifichealthpartners.org

Riverside County Lead
Lolofi Soakai

MALO Inland Empire
www.malotongaie.org

San Bernardino County Lead
Sefa Aina
Empowering Pacific Islander Communities
www.empoweredPI.org

San Diego County Lead
Tana Lepule
Asian Pacific Islander Initiative

www.apiinitiative.org
 

Faith Leaders

 

Rev. Meshach Soli
Southbay Seventh Day Adventist Church
San Diego, CA
www.southbaychurch.com

Rev. Pausa Thompson
Dominguez Samoan Congregational Christian Church
Compton, CA

Rev. Kitione Tu'itupou
Bellflower First United Methodist Church
Bellflower, CA

Medical Advisors

 

Dr. Kawika Liu, MD, PhD, JD, FAAP, FASAM

JFK Memorial Hospital

 

Leatapo Fesili, Respiratory Therapist

Hoag Hospital

Team Members

 

Tia Aga-Tevaseu

Community Health Advocate

 

Francine Padilla Cepeda Blacksher

Pacific Islander Graduate Recognition

www.pacificislandergrc.com

 

Moana Cabiles

Ahahui Kiwila Hawai’i O San Diego

www.akhsd.org

 

Vaka Faletau

Tongan American Youth Foundation (TAYF)

 

Ualani Ho'opai

Pacific Islander Health Partnership

www.pacifichealthpartners.org

 

Val Jacobo

Pac Biz

www.pacbiz.org

 

Lisa Ma'o Leiato

Office of Samoan Affairs

www.officeofsamoanaffairs.org

 

Kalesita Manu

MALO Inland Empire

www.malotongaie.org

 

Tavae Samuelu

EPIC - Empowering Pacific Islander Communities

www.empoweredPI.org


‘Asena Taione-Filihia

MALO Inland Empire

www.malotongaie.org

 

Kelani Silk

Marshallese Youth of Orange County

@myocorg

Andrew Subica

UC Riverside Center for Healthy Communities

www.healthycommunities.ucr.edu

 

David E. Utuone
The Young S.A.M.O.A.

@the_young_samoa

Travis B. Wells

LEAP (Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics)

www.leap.org

Corina Penaia, MPH 
Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement
www.apifm.org

Fighting COVID-19 Requires a Community Effort.

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