To commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we are highlighting #AANHPIhealth Heroes — individuals who are committed to improving the health of Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs). These heroes have made great strides to ensure that AA and NHPI communities have better access to affordable, high quality, and culturally and linguistically proficient health care that they need and deserve.

Meet this year’s #AANHPIhealth Heroes! Last year’s heroes can be found here.

Fayette Truax Nguyen, PhD, RN, CPNP-PC


By Sakura Miyazaki, MPA(c)

Nutritious meals are essential to maintaining a healthy, well-balanced life. Eating healthy is one way to prevent many chronic diseases and some cancers.

Unfortunately, Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs) are disproportionately impacted by specific chronic diseases. In a recent Uniform Data System analysis, AAPCHO found that 37% of NH health center patients and 38% of PI patients have uncontrolled diabetes, and 39% of NH patients and 37% of PI patients have hypertension. When uncontrolled diabetes data is disaggregated, Filipinos/as/xs, South Asians, and Hmongs, have higher rates of diabetes compared to other…


Welcome to our blog series, “Meet the AAPCHO Team,” where you’ll have a chance to get to know our staff! Meet Kristine Cecile Alarcon, MPH, who was recently promoted to Associate Manager, Communications and Engagement, as she answers a few questions!

Read Kristine’s last Meet the Team highlight here.

What are you most excited about in your new role?

In my new role as an Associate Manager, Communications and Engagement, I’m excited about creating new multimedia and interactive stories and assets for AAPCHO, our members, and for our collaborations with partners in the future.

What is one way you will…


By Kristina Canale, MPH/MA

Nutritious meals are essential to maintaining a healthy, well-balanced life. Eating healthy is one way to prevent many chronic diseases and some cancers.

Unfortunately, Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs) are disproportionately impacted by specific chronic diseases. In a recent Uniform Data System analysis, AAPCHO found that 37% of NH health center patients and 38% of PI patients have uncontrolled diabetes, and 39% of NH patients and 37% of PI patients have hypertension. When uncontrolled diabetes data is disaggregated, Filipinos/as/xs, South Asians, and Hmongs, have higher rates of diabetes compared to other…


By Kristine Cecile Alarcon, MPH

Nutritious meals are essential to maintaining a healthy, well-balanced life. Eating healthy is one way to prevent many chronic diseases and some cancers.

Unfortunately, Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs) are disproportionately impacted by specific chronic diseases. In a recent Uniform Data System analysis, AAPCHO found that 37% of NH health center patients and 38% of PI patients have uncontrolled diabetes, and 39% of NH patients and 37% of PI patients have hypertension. When uncontrolled diabetes data is disaggregated, Filipinos/as/xs, South Asians, and Hmongs, have higher rates of diabetes compared to…


By Kristine Cecile Alarcon, MPH

Community health centers (CHCs) provide care to over 29 million people in the United States including over 1.2 million Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians (NHs), and Pacific Islanders (PIs). AAPCHO member health centers and other CHCs across the country provide care to the most vulnerable in our communities, serving primarily low-income and uninsured patients who would otherwise not get the care that they need. …


Welcome to our blog series, “Meet the AAPCHO Team,” where you’ll have a chance to get to know our staff! Meet John Nguyen-Yap, Associate Director of Health Equity, as he answers some questions.

What’s your role at AAPCHO?

I am the Associate Director of Health Equity. Working primarily with the training and technical assistance team, I will be focused on various responses mitigating the impact of COVID-19 by helping community health centers (CHCs) increase their capacity to serve their patients.

What are three Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander health topics that you think people should know about?

Disaggregation…


Welcome to our blog series, “Meet the AAPCHO Team,” where you’ll have a chance to get to know our staff! Meet Sakura Miyazaki, MPA(c), Program Manager of Training and Technical Assistance, as they answer questions.

What’s your role at AAPCHO?

At AAPCHO, I am the Program Manager for Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA). I manage programs focused on diabetes prevention and improving population health for underserved Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs).

What are Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander health topics that you think people should know about?

Climate justice is a topic deeply related to…


The Pacific Islander Diabetes Prevention Program (PI-DPP) is a 5-year Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded initiative at AAPCHO that has established the infrastructure of local organizations across the U.S. Affiliated Pacific Islands, Hawaii, and the continental U.S. to deliver tailored, CDC-recognized lifestyle change programs to Pacific Islanders, Medicare beneficiaries, and the general population.

Get to know AAPCHO’s PI-DPP affiliate sites as they deliver culturally competent care for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Arkansas Coalition of the Marshallese

Fei Debrum, John Calep, and Fressana Lawin, are lifestyle coaches for the Pacific Islander Diabetes Prevention Program, called “Arkansas Wodde Jeppil ñan Ajmour.” They enrolled…


By Kristine Cecile Alarcon, M.P.H.

Community health centers (CHCs) provide care to over 29 million people in the United States including over 1.2 million Asian Americans (AAs), Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders (NHPIs). AAPCHO member health centers and other CHCs across the country provide care to the most vulnerable in our communities, serving primarily low-income and uninsured patients who would otherwise not get the care that they need. …

AAPCHO

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations — dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration and leadership to improve AA and NHPI health.

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