164 // Dr. Raynald Samoa // Dear Pacific Islanders
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Dr. Raynald Samoa, Endocrinologist at City of Hope and member of the Presidential Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, joins Jerry to talk about his upbringing, his path to medicine, and his advocacy work for the more marginalized voices within our wider Asian American community. Dr. Samoa shares about finding his love of biology, being the first Samoan to attend the University of Washington School of Medicine, and what exactly led him to endocrinology. Listen in as Jerry and Dr. Samoa discuss the importance of disaggregated data, how we can meaningfully represent all the diverse cultures that make up our diaspora, and why the solutions for sharing information with each other lies in community.

Meet Dr. Samoa
Dr. Raynald Samoa is an endocrinologist at the City of Hope. His current research projects include a faith-based community-centered diabetes prevention program in the San Gabriel Valley investigating a social-connectedness modified approach. Dr. Samoa served as the Lead for the National Pacific Islander COVID-19 Response Team and has authored several manuscripts describing the impact of COVID-19 on Pacific Islander communities. He has testified to the House of Representative Ways and Means Committee during a session entitled, The Disproportionate Impact of Covid-19 on Communities of Color. He currently is the technical assistance lead for the Healing Association of Pacific Islander Physicians, a professional organization associated with the National Association of Organization of Pacific Islander Organizations. (Source: HHS.gov)

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