Honored to Care
Photographs and writing featured on NPR
Supported and exhibited by Photoville and Friends of the Philippines
Since the onset of the pandemic, medical workers have been forced to operate in difficult conditions as they continue to save lives on the frontlines. Their stories often depict battle scenes, surrounded by death and helplessness, as hospitals continued to be overwhelmed with patients, compounded by staff and supply shortages.
During this time, Filipino American healthcare workers have suffered some of the most staggering losses. According to the National Nurses United, Filipinos make up 4% of registered nurses in the United States but account for 26.4% of nursing deaths from COVID-19 and related complications. Some of the largest concentrations affected are from those living in New York, an area ravaged early in the pandemic where 1 in 4 Filipinos work in the medical field.
Honored to Care highlights the experiences of Filipino American healthcare workers in New York as they reflect on the impactful moments of the pandemic, sharing their stories of pain, courage and resilience.