PRESS RELEASE

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations Presents Reverend Vien The Nguyen with Community Champion Award

February 22, 2010
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
(510) 272-9536 x110
slavilla@aapcho.org

OAKLAND, CA, February 22, 2010 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is honoring Reverend Vien The Nguyen for his instrumental role in bringing national attention to important health issues affecting Asian American and Pacific Islander populations, especially within post Hurricane Katrina New Orleans.

AAPCHO will present Reverend Nguyen with the Community Champion Award at its “Cultivating Traditions of Wellness: Building Sustainable Health Care Homes” gala on February 23, 2010 in Washington, D.C. The gala celebrates the work of community health centers (CHCs) serving AA&NHOPIs, and acknowledges individuals and organizations that work on improving the condition of these medically underserved populations. The gala follows a full-day conference exploring topics including the sustainable health care home model, enabling services, and workforce development.

Reverend Nguyen is the founder of the Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVN CDC) located in New Orleans East, Louisiana. After Hurricane Katrina, he led the emergency relief and resettlement efforts for the region, mobilizing the community to successfully close a toxic landfill that would have housed post-Katrina trash and debris. Through his work with MQVN CDC, Reverend Nguyen led the re-establishment of primary health care services by opening the Kids First Pediatric Clinic and the Tulane Community Health Center Adult Clinic. He continues to educate policy makers at the local, state, and national level to bring attention to important issues that affect the AA&NHOPI New Orleans East communities.

“We are honoring Reverend Nguyen for his leadership and outstanding dedication to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO. “In fighting for accessible, affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care for low-income residents in New Orleans East, he is truly a champion of his and many other medically underserved communities.”

About MQVN CDC
MQVN CDC was established in May 2006 to aid and support Vietnamese-American victims of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans East. In the immediate aftermath of Katrina, MQVN CDC played a leading role in providing emergency relief assistance to thousands and organizing Vietnamese-American residents to take ownership of their community’s revival. Over the past few years, MQVN CDC has continued to rally its community and formed key partnerships to achieve a number of significant accomplishments, including: providing emergency relief assistance to over 2,000 Vietnamese-American residents, shutting down the controversial Chef Menteur Landfill, developing a trailer site that provides 199 trailer homes to hundreds of returnees, forming a business association to advocate for increased funding support to revitalize neighborhood business districts, opening an adult health clinic, pediatric clinic and intercultural elementary school, creating health promotion and screening programs, and developing youth programs to encourage civic engagement, economic, and leadership development. For more information on MQVN CDC, please visit www.mqvncdc.org.

About AAPCHO
The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is a national association representing 27 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders in the United States. Since 1987, AAPCHO has advocated for policies and programs that improve the provision of health care services that are community driven, financially affordable, linguistically accessible, and culturally appropriate. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit www.aapcho.org.

Media Relations

Beverly Quintana
(510) 272-9536 x112
bquintana@aapcho.org

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