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Houston Resident Wins National Contest

March 20, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Shane Chen
Director of Capacity Development, HOPE Clinic
(713) 773-2901 x105
schen@hopechc.org

Washington, D.C. March 20, 2012 – Shane Chen of Houston, Texas is the grand prize winner of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organization’s (AAPCHO) “Our Stories 2012: Empowering Healthy Communities” national contest. She will be honored for her winning photo 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. Chen, Director of Capacity Development at HOPE Clinic, shared a touching photo of a Burmese refugee family celebrating their son’s second birthday with his health care provider.

HOPE Clinic Chief Executive Officer Dr. Andrea Caracostis praised Chen’s photo for capturing a genuine moment between patient and provider.

“We have witnessed thousands of individuals ‘grow up’ within our clinic,” said Dr. Caracostis. “We’re honored that we can not only offer primary and preventive health services to the most vulnerable in our communities, but that we can also deliver compassionate care through providers that can relate to the health access challenges immigrants and refugees face.” HOPE Clinic is a Federally Qualified Health Center Look-Alike, primarily serving low-income and uninsured Asian immigrants and Asian Americans in Houston.

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 undeserved. “Through stories like the one Shane shares with us in her photo, 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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bquintana@aapcho.org

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