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KCET-TV published an analysis co-authored by Dr. Ninez Ponce, UCLA Fielding School of Public Health professor of health policy and management, and Erin Manalo-Pedro, a PhD student in the FSPH Department of Community Health Sciences, about measuring the impact of the pandemic on Filipino and Filipino American nurses in the United States
Filipinx/a/o (hereafter referred to as Filipinx) Americans are 4% of nurses in the United States but account for 32% of nurse COVID-19 deaths. The aggregation of Asian American COVID-19 data, lumping all Asian subgroups together, obscures the scattered reports that demonstrate a continued surge of Filipinx nurses deaths.
Filipinx Americans make up a significant proportion of nurses, clinical staff, nursing home and home healthcare providers. Many Filipinx Americans care for elderly patients in residential care facilities and critically ill patients in intensive care units. Based on calculations of U.S. census data, one in four of the Filipinx working-age population were essential healthcare workers in 2019.
Nationally, the top country of origin of immigrant healthcare workers who have died from COVID-19 is the Philippines. A Migration Policy Institute study estimates that Filipinx immigrants represent the largest share of the United States' 512,000 immigrant registered nurses at 28%.