On January 20, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention documented the first case of the 2019 novel Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) in the United States. As the virus spread across the globe, we learned that SARS-CoV-2 caused the disease Coronavirus disease 2019 or COVID-19. This pandemic has drastically impacted every facet of our lives from the ways in which we worked and lived to the approach to our physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, and financial health. These unprecedented times led to an unprecedented need—a need for quality, reliable health services, health education, and information about local health and social support services. Since 2020, AAHI has served as a leader in the response to COVID-19 in the Asian American community by connecting community organizations and community members with critical information, services, and resources.
The Asian American COVID-19 Outreach, Resources, & Education (Asian American CORE) program is a collection of AAHI’s response efforts to COVID-19, which include the AAHI COVID-19 Relief Fund, informational town halls and community events, supporting vaccine and testing access, educational workshops, and a myriad of outreach efforts. As the community’s needs around COVID-19 evolve, AAHI continues to provide an array of COVID-19 services available to individuals and organizations on demand.