JABSOM Tropical Medicine Seminar

October 20, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Mānoa Campus, via Zoom

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, 12:00 – 1:00 PM HST******Zoom Details-- Link: https://zoom.us/j/97962975142?pwd=aFdJZmhrbjdDOGQ2UFZHZTYyeDhUZz09, Meeting ID: 979 6297 5142 Passcode: 306033****** "Partnerships in Academic and Community COVID-19 Testing Research - Puipuia le Ola: Increasing reach and uptake of COVID-19 testing among Pacific Islanders in Hawaii and Guam"*** Pacific Islanders (PI) have among the highest COVID-19-associated morbidity and mortality rates nationally. This presentation will describe a community-engaged project, funded by the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) initiative, to better understand SARS-CoV-2 infection patterns among PI in Hawaii and on Guam. We hypothesize that culturally and linguistically appropriate strategies may increase uptake of COVID-19 testing among PI, resulting in more precise SARS-CoV-2 infection and seroprevalence rates. Community-engagement research methods will involve collaborating with PI communities to design and implement strategies to increase COVID-19 testing. COVID-19 RT-PCR and anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibody tests will be provided for asymptomatic adult PI in Hawaii and Guam. Progress, preliminary results, and lessons learned thus far on the implementation of culturally resonant community-engagement strategies to increase the reach and uptake of COVID-19 testing will be reported.*** Speakers: Richard Yanagihara, M.D., M.P.H, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Director, Pacific Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Research; Angela U. Sy, Dr.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology; Wei-Kung Wang, M.D., Sc.D., Professor, Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, Hawaii

Event Sponsor
JABSOM Tropical Medicine, Mānoa Campus

More Information
Vivek Nerurkar, Ph.D., 808-692-1668, nerurkar@hawaii.edu, TRMD 690_RADx-UP (PDF)

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