ASIAN AMERICAN, NATIVE HAWAIIAN, AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HEALTH CARE ADVOCATE CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY
March 4, 2008
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
WASHINGTON, D.C. – March 4, 2008 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a national conference and gala on March 10 and 11, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The event, titled AAPCHO’s 20th Anniversary: Cultivating Traditions of Wellness will be held at the Washington Court Hotel.
The two-day conference, which is expected to draw more than 150 attendees, is designed specifically for health care professionals and Community Health Center (CHC) staff serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs). Session topics will touch on a range of issues including hepatitis B, environmental health, workforce shortages in CHCs, and increasing AAPI voter participation. The conference is capped off with a gala, celebrating the 20 years of milestones for community health centers serving the AAPI community, as well as the winners from OUR STORIES: Health and Wellness in the AAPI Community, AAPCHO’s national essay contest.
“This national conference truly symbolizes all that we have accomplished in the past 20 years,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO. “It represents the challenges health care providers have faced in improving the health of AAPIs, it represents the steps and health care models we have utilized in the face of these challenges, and it represents the victories we have scored in eliminating health disparities for this population.”
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations is a not-for-profit association of community-based organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States, its territories, and freely associated states.
AAPCHO was formed in 1987 by six community health centers primarily serving medically underserved AAPIs. The goal of these community health centers was to create an organization that served as a national voice that advocated for the unique and diverse health needs of AAPI communities and the community health providers that served those needs. In the past 20 years, AAPCHO has grown to represent 23 community health organizations that serve more than 350,000 patients.