PRESS RELEASE

Seattle Resident Wins National Contest

March 20, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

Brad Wong
Marketing Communications Specialist, ICHS
(206) 788-3672
bradw@ichs.com

Washington, D.C. March 20, 2012 – Angela Wan of Seattle, WA 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 video 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. Wan shared her touching story of how she as a Community Advocate at International Community Health Services (ICHS), started what is now a popular line dance class where she encourages patients, many of whom have diabetes, to stay active and healthy through dance.

ICHS Chief Executive Officer Teresita Batayola praised Wan for her commitment and for the critical role she plays in the health and wellness of her community. “Angela’s video represents how everyday, Community Advocates like her make a difference in patients’ lives,” Batayola said. “Without dedicated staff like Angela, we would not be able to continue to provide culturally-appropriate and multilingual care needed to improve the health of our patients and larger community.” ICHS is a nonprofit community health center that offers affordable health care services to Seattle and King County’s Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities, as well as other underserved communities.

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

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