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PATH is awarded Minority Health Leadership Award

April 24, 2003
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

[Archive] Stacy Lavilla
Director of Communications
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slavilla@aapcho.org

April 24, 2003 – Earlier this month, the Promoting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Program of the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) received a leadership award for its efforts to improve the health of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in Wisconsin.

The Minority Health Leadership Award, which was awarded to PATH by the Minority Health Program of Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations that serve minority populations in Wisconsin.

“We are recognizing the PATH Program for its continued commitment and leadership to improve the health status of a growing population here in Wisconsin, and that is Asian Americans,” said Denise Carty, Minority Health Officer of Wisconsin Division of Public Health. “The PATH Program offers great resources and technical assistance, that in the end, helps us increase health care access for this population.”

The PATH Program, funded by the Office of Minority Health, Department of Health and Human Services, helps organizations in the Midwest and mountain states provide greater access to culturally and linguistically appropriate health care services for AAPIs. The program accomplishes this by linking organizations to established AAPI community health organizations across the country, and by providing technical assistance.

In Wisconsin, the PATH Program worked with numerous organizations to increase health care access for Southeast Asian communities. The program in particular has provided training and networking opportunities related to AAPI health care issues such as mental health, assisted local Hmong organizations with health promotion programs, and created a listserv that allows individuals in Wisconsin and other Midwest and mountain states to network among with other organizations that serve AAPIs.

“It’s an honor for AAPCHO and the PATH Program to receive this recognition, and we look forward to working with other organizations in Wisconsin to continue making health care services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate available to AAPIs that need them,” said Junko Honma, program coordinator of the PATH Program.

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Beverly Quintana
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