July 1, 2022

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HOW FILIPINO NURSES AND THEIR COMMUNITIES SUPPORT FRONTLINE HEALTHCARE WORKERS

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CASEY MCGANNON WRITES — Many immigrants have related motivations for leaving their house international locations. They might search alternatives that merely don’t exist the place they’re from, or want to escape persecution or, like many Filipino nurses, they search higher pay. The typical wage for a registered nurse (RN) within the Philippines is 193.36 USD a month. If you evaluate that to the common wage for an RN in American hospitals, 73,550 USD yearly, it is smart that they might wish to come to the USA. No different nation on the earth exports as many frontline healthcare staff as does the Philippines.

For the reason that rise of COVID-19, there appears to be a brand new degree of appreciation for healthcare staff and a recognition that minorities in America are being disproportionately affected by the virus. Why, then, can we hear so little about minority healthcare staff?

The state of California is house to the most important variety of Filipinos and Filipino-People in the complete nation. Twenty p.c of all RN’s within the state of California are Filipino. And they’re feeling the influence. Like all healthcare staff throughout the nation, Filipinos have cited shortages of private protecting gear, or PPE, as one of many foremost routes for contracting of the virus. Many healthcare staff are too nervous to complain as they worry they may very well be punished, by being given longer shifts which might enhance their threat of publicity.

But there’s a silver lining to this unhappy state of affairs: It has offered a possibility for communities to come back collectively in help of each other. Kultivate Labs, a non-profit situated within the San Francisco Bay Space, in collaboration with eleven Filipino American-owned eating places have collectively raised $100,000 to supply 10,000 meals to frontline staff and members of the neighborhood. Meals had been distributed to neighborhood facilities and healthcare staff at amenities akin to Seton Medical Middle, which has a 60% Filipino nursing employees. This coordinated effort, referred to as Filipinos Feed the Frontlines, has not solely met its funding aim however has expanded its marketing campaign nationally in an try to supply 100,000 meals by the top of the yr.

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As circumstances of COVID-19 proceed to spike, it’s extra necessary than ever that every one of us mirror deeply on the implications of our actions, which have an effect on extra than simply ourselves and people in our quick environment. So, on behalf of Filipino staff — and all of us preventing the virus — keep house. Put on a masks. And the subsequent time you’re tempted to disregard well being and security tips, keep in mind the healthcare staff who put their lives on the road in order that we don’t should.

To donate to Filipinos Feed the Frontlines go to filipinosfeedthefrontlines.org.

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