Communities Respond to COVID-19: Implications for APIs

This year’s Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) comes at a time when many Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs) are experiencing discrimination and stigma emerging from anti-Asian narratives related to COVID-19.  These narratives, embedded in a national context of uncertainty about health and safety, are increasing the vulnerability for fear, anxiety and emotional distress within API communities.

NNED organizations and API community leaders are responding to the rising needs for mental health and emotional support.  The evolving circumstances have created a platform for enhanced partnership and innovation to expand the availability of culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health services and ensure the safety of API populations.

This NNED Virtual Roundtable is the second of a two-part series on the behavioral and mental health impacts of COVID-19. Panelists will discuss:

  • Emerging mental health needs for API communities
  • Strategies for providing culturally and linguistically appropriate mental health and emotional support services to API populations
  • Community approaches for addressing discrimination and stigma experienced by APIs

Population: Asian, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian

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Date: 2020


  • Juliet Bui | Public Health Analyst, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Minority Health
  • Amanda Lee | MSW, LCSW, Director of Field Education, San Diego State University’s School of Social Work.
  • Dr. Doris Chang | Licensed Psychologist and Associate Professor, New York University Silver School of Social Work
  • Dr. Pata Suyemoto | Co-founder, The Breaking Silences Project and mental health activist
  • Perry Chan | Program Manager, Asian American Health Initiative, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Russell Jeung | Professor and Chair of the Asian American Studies Department at San Francisco State University