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US-Affiliated Pacific Islands Response to COVID-19: Keys to Success and Important Lessons

Clarke, C., Wheatley, A., Fraser, M.R., Richey, T., Ensign, K.

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Case Study

Policy Change/ Development
Healthcare Access and Quality
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Outside U.S.

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This article discusses what can be learned from the response to COVID-19 within the United States-Affiliated Pacific Islands (USAPIs). Rates of COVID-19 in this region were much lower than those in the mainland US, despite fewer public health resources. The article credits this to strong partnership and collaboration with neighboring islands, the mainland US, and the federal government; strong regional information sharing; creating and nurturing local and regional trust; and trust regionally; and decisive and aggressive quarantine practices.

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Outcomes of Interest

Partnership Building

Priority Population(s)

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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