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Waimanalo Dentist Wins National Contest

March 20, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Pi`ilani Kai, MSW
Development Director, WHC
(808) 259-7948
PKai@waimanalohealth.org

Washington, D.C. March 20, 2012 – Waimanalo, HI dentist Dr. Anthony Kim is the grand prize winner of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization’s (AAPCHO) “Our Stories 2012: Empowering Healthy Communities” national contest. He will be honored for his winning essay at the organization’s 25th Anniversary gala event on March 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

AAPCHO’s second national “Our Stories 2012” contest asked participants from across the country to express through video, essay and photo, how their community health center improved their local community’s health and empowered community members and staff to be leaders. Dr. Kim, a dentist, wrote an essay expressing his personal reasons for choosing to treat medically underserved patients at Waimanalo Health Center (WHC) instead of returning to a thriving career in private practice. WHC is a community health center primarily serving low-income residents of Windward Oahu, many of whom are Native Hawaiian.

Waimanalo Health Center Executive Director May Akamine praised Dr. Kim’s commitment and dedication to his patients, and how critical a role he plays to WHC and the health of local residents.

“Dr. Kim’s essay represents why community health centers are successful in making a difference in patients’ lives—he treats complex and often severe health conditions effectively because of his sincere commitment to the wellness of his community.” Akamine said. “Without dedicated and skilled staff like Dr. Kim, we would not be able to continue to encourage our patients to take an active role in their own health, while working alongside our staff, in a manner that embraces their `ohana, community, and culture.”

Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO, said the contest overall highlights not only community health centers and patients, but helps feature the committed staff who on a day-to-day basis improve the health of the medically underserved. “Through contest winners like Dr. Kim we celebrate those individuals who unselfishly choose to be at the front line and provide quality health care to our most vulnerable Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander communities,” Caballero said.

AAPCHO is a national association of 29 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit www.aapcho.org. AAPCHO can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/aapcho.

The winning submissions are available upon request and will soon be available on AAPCHO’s website.

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Media Relations

Beverly Quintana
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