The Regional Pacific Islander Taskforce (RPITF or “Taskforce”) was formed in 2015 to address the lack of data and reporting on Pacific Islander (PI) population health and health disparities in different health departments across the Bay Area. Serving as an advisory council to the directors of the health departments and their leadership, the Taskforce raises the awareness and visibility of Pacific Islander health and social issues by
To champion the needs and priorities of Pacific Islander communities across the Bay Area through sustainable cross-system collaboration and inclusive, accessible programs that advance community health and well-being.
The unification and flourishing of Pacific Islander organizations, faith-based communities, and businesses, and the maintenance of a thriving cross-county network of services to ensure the prosperity of Pacific Islanders across the Bay Area.
Who We Serve
The purpose of the Taskforce is to ensure that the 10 Bay Area county agencies and public health departments align and standardize their data practices to adequately capture the state of Pacific Islanders’ (PI) population health. In order to do this, the Taskforce champions a regional approach model for PI communities in each county to be better linked in operations, funding priorities, program development, and health services delivery to improve their health outcomes through organizational partnerships and community-based collaborative efforts. Today, many Pacific Islanders are still invisible in aggregated public health data and thus underserved as their unique needs are not considered in focus. It is vital to build standards for Pacific Islander data disaggregation in order to see the issues confronting this diverse community. The Taskforce will continue to support advocacy and grassroots efforts to envision innovative practices for understanding PI community health.
WHAT WE DO
The Taskforce is a highly collaborative coalition of leaders from over 20-organizations who volunteer their time to collaborate and serve their PI community in the Bay Area. They are professors, clinicians, executive directors, managers, faith leaders, and community advocates. This effort is entirely led and driven by local community champions and community-based organizations (CBOs) in partnership with Bay Area regional health departments and agencies.
Where We Focus
The Taskforce adopted a life-course model as a framework that strategically prioritizes, for instance, housing as a fundamental need and follows a life span to see how the interplay of risk and protective factors influence health through a Pacific Islander’s lifetime—from prenatal health to birth outcomes and across the life-course. Analyzing the multiple factors influencing both individual and population health over the life course offers a broader understanding of patterns of health and disease disparities by recognizing how these are shaped by social, structural, and cultural contexts.
The Taskforce focuses on five key priorities
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