CDC Awards AAPCHO $2.5M to Address Diabetes Among Vulnerable AA&NHOPI Populations

November 15, 2010

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
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OAKLAND, November 15, 2010 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) was recently awarded a 5-year grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to address the problem of diabetes among vulnerable Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) populations.

The $2.5M award, which was one of six, was issued last month and will enable AAPCHO to work with AA&NHOPIs living with diabetes in Hawaii, Ebeye in the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and Los Angeles.

Through its newly awarded program, AAPCHO will work with medically underserved AA&NHOPI populations through three community health centers. These clinics serve mostly AA&NHOPI patients that are primarily low-income, uninsured, and limited English proficient. AAPCHO’s program will be grounded in a systems-based approach that addresses the problem of diabetes through policy, social and environmental changes.

Currently, 23.6 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes. AA&NHOPIs continue to be disproportionately impacted by this disease. Community studies indicate that Native Hawaiians have prevalence rates of up to 4 times higher for age-adjusted type 2 diabetes. Japanese American men in Seattle have 2 to 3 times the prevalence rates of type 2 diabetes when compared to non-Hispanic whites.

AAPCHO is a national association representing 28 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. For more information on AAPCHO and its Guiding Principles and Values, please visit AAPCHO can also be found on Facebook at


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