Rosem Morton

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Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Nationality: Philippines
Biography: Rosem Morton , born and raised in the Philippines,  is a documentary photographer and nurse based in Baltimore, Maryland. She is a National Geographic Explorer, an International Women's Media Foundation Fellow and a We, Women Photo... MORE
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NPR: Honored to Care
Copyright Rosem Morton 2022
Updated Nov 2021
Topics COVID surge, Covid-19, Documentary, Essays, Filipino healthcare workers, Filipino nursing diaspora, Health/Healing, Hope, Media, New York, Nurses, Nursing, Pandemic, Photography, Photojournalism, Portraiture, Relationships
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. 
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