Contributions by Asian Americans in fighting COVID-19 Pandemic

Since the beginning of the outbreak in January, Asian Americans have been on the frontline combating the pandemic and protecting America. Not only we supported families and doctors in Asia, but also, we actively engaged in the local communities here to slow down spread of the virus to America in saving lives. Apart from Asian American doctors, nurses, scientists, and many others who have been an integral part of front-line defenders and medical community, some of community-wide efforts done by Asian Americans, in the order of time sequence, include:

  • Educating local communities on prevention tips and scientific facts, dispelling myths and fear associated with the virus.
  • Organizing self-help and self-monitoring groups to alarm people who have traveled abroad and assisted them in proactive self-quarantine and home-isolation.
  • Organizing meetings and town halls with local public health departments and elected officials, in addressing the anxiety of the communities and economic impact to local small business.
  • Various donation drives and fundraising through different organizations and self-help groups, purchasing, collecting, and sending personal protection equipment (PPE) to front-line medical staff, first responders, senior centers, and healthcare facilities.
  • Connecting local business communities and global logistics network through chambers of commerce and Asian American business, identifying manufacturers of PPEs and medical equipment in Asia, and shipping them to hospitals and healthcare facilities here in the US.
  • Connecting medical doctors and public health experts in Asia, bringing their valuable expertise and experiences to the US in building medical exchange and online resources centers.
  • Connecting doctors, scientists and healthcare professionals, bringing their knowledge and prevention tips to American general public and healthcare workers in disease prevention and public health, for example, by hosting webinars and writing online articles.

As an example, here is a partial list of the medical units and first responders in the Greater Houston area that have already received donations and PPEs from various Asian American organizations:

  • City of Bellaire Police / Fire department City of Houston
  • Fire Station #78
  • Harris County Sheriff’s Office Precinct 5 Constable Office
  • Beeler-Manske Clinic Center for Women’s Health
  • Colony Internal Medicine Associates Colonial Oaks at Pearland
  • Dr. Mei Zhang Family Medicare Greater Houston Psychiatric Associates Energi Care
  • Harris Health System
  • HCA Healthcare Clear Lake Hillcroft Medical Clinic Houston Health Foundation
  • Kelsey-Seybold Clinic with 24 Locations Kindred Hospital Sugar Land
  • Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
  • Memorial TMC/UT Health McGovern Medical School
  • Methodist Hospital
  • Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center Nexus Children’s Hospital Woodland Sacred Heart Emergency Center
  • Signature Care Emergency Rooms – 9 locations Sound Medical Clinic
  • St. Luke’s Hospital
  • St. Luke’s Hospital Anesthesiology Division St. Luke’s Hospital, Pearland
  • Sugar Land Donation Event to Mayor Texas Children Hospital
  • Texas Children’s Pediatric Clinic, Katy West Houston Division of U.S. Anesthesia Partners (USAP)
  • Welcome Family Medicine

A resource center built by United Chinese Americans for disease prevention and public education with compiled resources from China: https://ucausa.org/covid19/

Example webinars hosted by United Chinese Americans for community education:

https://ucausa.org/facts-not-fear/

Video link: https://youtu.be/HZ_1PAb9YZw

Example articles documenting efforts by Houston Asian American Community:

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/False-Coronavirus-rumors- crush-business-as-they-15021425.php?cmpid=gsa-chron-result

https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/columnists/grieder/article/Grieder-Let-s-focus-on-coronavirus- solutions-15146001.php

https://www.chron.com/business/real-estate/article/The-Branch-to-close-Mondays-to-support- Chinatown-15117984.php

A partial compiled list of published media on Chinese American community in COVID-19 relief effort: