Meet the Team: Kristine Cecile Alarcon, MPH, Associate Manager, Communications and Engagement
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 be working to improve the health status and access of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities?
Storytelling! When I hear about the on-the-groundwork that our members and partners do to support Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian (NH), and Pacific Islander (PI) families across the United States and Pacific, I get so excited about highlighting their works and feel so lucky to be part of this community. Storytelling allows us to get a deeper understanding of the effects of programming, policies, research, and more! It even helps us empower each other to live healthier and safer lives.
What role can or do community health centers play in this effort?
Community health centers are already doing an amazing job in storytelling because they ensure that their community feels safe and understood. Health centers ensure that their patients’ and community members’ stories are heard and uplifted; whether it is through community reports like the One Nation Report, Rising to Fight Dual Pandemics COVID-19 and Racism, from Asian Health Services in Oakland, California or videos like Asian Services in Action, Inc. in Cleveland. In addition to the work that they do, community health centers can continue and strengthen storytelling by working with staff and community members to create in-language and culturally competent stories.
What do you like about working at AAPCHO?
I enjoy that AAPCHO prioritizes personal development and that leadership is invested in staff. I had many opportunities to attend classes and conferences to expand my skill set, while also working on projects that develop my skills in storytelling and management.
What hobby or other self-care activity have you found helpful during these unprecedented and often challenging times?
When I’m not playing with my dogs, I’m writing! Whether it’s journaling or writing fictional stories, writing has been a great way for me to understand what my professional and personal goals are.