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¡Vacúnese contra el COVID! Get vaccinated against COVID! – urges IREACH’s Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor

In an interview with Spanish-speaking radio station, La Patrona, in conjunction with the Washington State Department of Health, Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor encourages Hispanics to get their COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Zamora-Kapoor is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology, Department of Medical Education and Clinical Sciences, and Community Liaison for the Health Equity Research Center at Washington State University.

Please listen to the interview here.


En una entrevista con la estación de radio de habla hispana, La Patrona, en conjunto con el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington, Dr. Zamora-Kapoor anima a los Hispanos de Washington a vacunarse contra el COVID-19.

La Dra. Anna Zamora-Kapoor es una Profesora Ayudante del Departamento de Sociología, Departamento de Educación en Ciencias Médicas, y Enlace Comunitario del Centro de Investigación sobre Igualdad en Salud de la Washington State University.

Escúchela la entrevista aquí.

IREACH’s Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor featured speaker in virtual discussion of COVID-19 vaccine impact

Dr. Anna Zamora-Kapoor, Assistant Professor in WSU’s Departments of Sociology & Medical Education, will be the featured speaker TONIGHT Thursday, March 18th at 7 pm in a virtual discussion of the impact of the COVID-19 vaccine and church guidelines for gatherings. This online event will be hosted in Spanish by La Patrona 1680 AM and the Washington State Department of Health.

Community faith leaders and leaders of other community organizations are invited to join this free virtual event. Please register on Eventbrite at this link: COVID-19 Event with Faith Leaders

A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Please keep in mind that the event will be conducted in Spanish.

La Dra. Anna Zamora-Kapoor de IREACH será la oradora principal en una discusión virtual sobre el impacto de la vacuna COVID-19

Dra. Anna Zamora-Kapoor, Profesora Asistente en los Departamentos de Sociología y Educación Médica de WSU, será la oradora principal ESTA NOCHE el Jueves 18 de Marzo a las 7 pm en una discusión virtual sobre el impacto de la vacuna COVID-19 y las pautas de la iglesia para las reuniones. Este evento en línea será organizado en Español por La Patrona 1680 AM y el Departamento de Salud del Estado de Washington.

Los líderes religiosos comunitarios y los líderes de otras organizaciones comunitarias están invitados a unirse a este evento virtual gratuito. Regístrese en Eventbrite en este enlace: Evento COVID-19 con líderes religiosos

Una sesión de preguntas y respuestas seguirá después de la presentación. Tenga en cuenta que el evento se llevará a cabo en Español.

IREACH scientist Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair receives grant to track COVID-19 in high-risk Marshallese community

IREACH and Washington State University want to find ways to better identify and reduce COVID-19 infection in vulnerable minority and rural groups. Marshallese Pacific Islanders living in the United States are one such community that has been hit hard by COVID. Like other high-risk groups, Marshallese often serve as frontline workers and suffer from widespread disparities in health care contributing to an increased prevalence in conditions such as type 2 diabetes that escalate COVID-19 risk.

An effort to combat this threat to the Marshallese is being led by Dr. Ka’imi Sinclair (pictured above surrounded by two Marshallese health workers), associate director of IREACH. Sinclair, who holds a PhD in health behavior and health education, seeks to identify culturally tailored, participatory surveillance methods to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in high-risk communities. Funded with a $2.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s new Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics Radical (RADx-rad) initiative to support non-traditional means to battle the pandemic,  Sinclair’s project – Marshallese: Alternate Surveillance for COVID-19 in a Unique Population (MASC UP) – focuses on early detection and engages community members to identify local practices that may increase disease risk.

COVID-19 infection rates are 4-25% higher for the Marshallese than for many other Americans. Although Marshallese represent only 1% of the population in Spokane County, they accounted for nearly 30% of COVID cases in the spring of 2020. During the same period, Marshallese deaths accounted for 38% of COVID-19 mortality in Northwest Arkansas, where they make up 3% of the population. Marshallese communities experience significant health and health care disparities and have a fraught relationship with the U.S. government due to past nuclear weapons testing in the Marshall Islands. Almost half of the Marshallese living in the U.S. are uninsured, and many live in multi-generational households that value close contact and hold big social gatherings. In Northwest Arkansas, 30% of Marshallese adults are employed by Tyson Foods, the large poultry distributor that notoriously failed to protect its workers from COVID-19 infection.

To reduce COVID-19 disparities in this high-risk population that has been profoundly underserved by public health policies, MASC UP is developing and testing culturally tailored, participatory approaches to disease surveillance and prevention. The intention is to extend the improved methods that are generated to other high-risk groups and have these mechanisms at the ready to combat future viral threats.

“To solve a problem as complicated as COVID-19, we need ideas, tools, and technologies that challenge the way we think about pandemic control,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “These awards from the RADx-rad program provide superb examples of outside-the-box concepts that will help us overcome this pandemic and give us a cadre of devices and tactics to confront future outbreaks.”

Listen below to a story about the project on Pullman Radio 

and read an article about it in the WSU Insider here.

Conversations That Matter: The COVID-19 Listening Sessions Series

Based on the high level of engagement and enthusiasm for the two listening sessions that IREACH held December in partnership with the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Project, we will be holding two new sessions in mid-February to hear Native Hawaiian, Alaska Native and Native American thoughts, feelings, and views on COVID-19 vaccinations. The sessions will include a presentation by Salish-Kootenai vaccine expert Dr. Joshua Marceau. Stay tuned for further details about how to sign up for our upcoming IREACH Reaching Out: Conversations That Matter: COVID-19 Listening Sessions.

Supported by the Reagan Udall Foundation on behalf of the FDA, the December 2020 COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Project listening sessions included 26 participants representing a cross-section of tribal members from American Indian & Alaska Native communities across the U.S. The project focused on connecting with traditionally underrepresented communities and frontline workers to better understand perceptions about COVID vaccines, identify information people want as they think about getting vaccinated, and brainstorm about how to best provide key audiences with the information they need. Read the Executive Summary of the COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence Project here.