Background gradient

Existing vulnerabilities and intersecting crises

COVID-19 has exacerbated and exposed longstanding inequalities across a range of systems as well as brought to the forefront the enduring plague of racism and xenophobia. For example, in the area of health care, 1 in 10 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs) are uninsured and suffer from higher rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes or tobacco use.

Recent figures show that NHPIs have the highest infection rate in Los Angeles County and are dying at a disproportionately higher rate than any other group in California.  Low income families and where parents are Limited English Proficient and/or less computer literate encounter greater obstacles helping their children access online learning.