HERE Center


SEA US, HEAR US is a research project funded ($1.04M) by the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) as part of the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative to develop innovations for COVID-19 testing and vaccination.

Housed at CSU Northridge, the goal of SEA US, HEAR US (“Southeast Asians in the U.S.: Health Equity And Research to Understand COVID-19 Stories”), is to understand and address multi-level social, ethical, and behavioral implications of COVID-19 testing, vaccination, and its sequelae among Cambodian, Filipino, Thai, and Vietnamese Americans in the Greater Los Angeles area through a community-based, mixed-methods (qualitative and quantitative) approach. Over a 2-year span, the SEA US, HEAR USconsists of a longitudinal cohort study of approximately 1000 participants and one-on-one interviews with 60 community-based leaders.

This project involves multiple collaborators from non-profit community-based organizations, Cal State Los Angeles, and other academic and health organizations in the surrounding area. Led by women of color faculty, SEA US, HEAR US is the only project of its kind at the CSUs. The overall mission of SEA US, HEAR US is to collect disaggregated data on Southeast Asian Americans through a community-vetted approach, bringing visibility and voice to an understudied population.

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