This was the first of three planned hearings on Pacific Islanders and COVID-19 for a report the group plans to publish next summer.
Improved State ResponseBack in April, Bruce Anderson, then-director of the Hawaii Department of Health, said he didn’t expect to see racial disparities in Hawaii’s pandemic.
Former state epidemiologist Sarah Park upset Pacific community advocates after appearing uninterested in adopting their recommendations to stem the spread in their communities.
Hawaii’s new health department leadership seems much more concerned about the pandemic disparities.
Sarah Kemble, acting state epidemiologist, said the uneven impact of the pandemic underscores existing health inequities in Hawaii.