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Welcome to the website of the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health. Our mission is to address public health issues specifically affecting Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and associated jurisdictions in affiliation with the American Public Health Association..See our factsheet and learn more here >>

-Elena Ong,PHN, MS, 
-Angela Sy
, DrPH, 

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Executive Committee

Asian Immigrant
Women Advocates

National Asian Pacific Center on Aging

Hep B Hawaii

Natalie Chan
Ted Chen
Shijian Li
Gerald Ohta
Sora Park-Tanjasiri
Walter Tsou
Fay Wong

Celebrating 40 Years of Collaboration

Creating the Future for Asian & Pacific Islander Health

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8-10 PM

Ernest Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA

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Elena Ong, PHN, MS, APIC Chair & APHA Caucus Collaborative Chair

Congratulatory Remarks



Jeffrey B. Caballero, MPH, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health       Organizations Executive Director &  Action for Health Justice Co-Founder

John-Hoa Nguyen, BA, American Association of Retired Persons Diversity     Council Member

Ed Tepporn, BA, Asian & Pacific Islander Health Forum VP of Community        Strategies

Elena Ong, PHN, MS for The California Endowment

Welcome  to New Orleans


Minh Nguyen, BBA VAYLA Executive Director

Congratulatory Remarks




AAPI Commission’s

Congratulatory Remarks



US Senator Mazie Hirono, JD* (via video)

US Representative Judy Chu, PhD*, Congressional Asian Pacific American

Caucus Chair (via video)


Tung Nguyen, MD, President’s Advisory Commission on AAPIs Chair

Welcome & Induction of APIC Hall of Fame Honorees



Joyce Gaufin, BS, APHA President

Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH, 2nd API Sedgwick Memorial Medal Awardee

Faye Wong, MPH, 1st API APHA President

Walter Tsou, MD, MPH, 2nd API APHA President

Celebrating 40 Years of Collaboration



Past, Present & Future Chairs

Ted Chen, PhD . Pancho Chang, JD . William Chen, PhD, CHES .

Stella Yu  ScD, MPH . Rod Lew, MPH .  Marguerite Ro, DrPH .

Sora Park Tanjasiri, DrPH, MPH . Butch de Castro, PhD, MSN, MPH .

Karen Rezai, MPH . David Inoue, MPH, MHA  . Nadine Chan, PhD, MPH .

Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH . Nadia Islam, PhD .

Winston Tseng, PhD . Harry Kwon, PhD, MPH, CHES .

Alek Sripipatana, PhD, MPH . Kawika Liu, MD, PhD, JD, FAAP .

Elena Ong, PHN, MS .  Angela Sy, DrPH  and Executive Committee Members

“Advanced Leadership” Keynote



Howard K. Koh, MD, MPH,

Harvard School of Public Health Professor & 14th US DHHS Assistant Secretary of Health

“Champions for Change” Keynote


Jeffrey B. Caballero, MPH, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health    Organizations Executive Director &  Action for Health Justice Co-Founder

2014 APIC Best Published Paper


Jane Jih, MD, MPH, Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH, Eric Vittinghoff, PhD, MPH, Tung Nguyen, MD, Janice Tsoh, PhD, Yoshimi Fukuoka, RN, PhD, Melinda Bender, RN, PhD, Winston Tseng, PhD, and Alka Kanaya, MD

"Using appropriate body mass index cut points for overweight and obesity among Asian Americans" in Preventive Medicine.


Kim Kim, PhD, Hae-Ra Han, PhD, RN, FAAN, Boyun Huh, PhD, RN, Tam Nguyen, PhD, RN, MPH, Hochang Lee, MD, and Miyong Kim, PhD, RN, FAAN

"The Effect of a Community-Based Self-Help Multimodal Behavioral Intervention in Korean American Seniors with High Blood Pressure" in the American Journal   of Hypertension  (Honorable Mention)

2014 APIC CoRA

Community Organization

Recognition Award



Karen Kim, MD, MS

Asian Health Coalition


Kate Moraras, MPH

Hep B Foundation (Honorable Mention)


Leafa Tuita  Taumoepeau*

Taulama for Tongans (Honorable Mention)

2014 APIC Best Student Abstract




Andrew Huang, BA, Cornell University

“Health Insurance and AAPIS: Disaggregated Analysis and Visualization of   Census Data from 2010-2012”

Sarah Smith*, PhD, MPH,  University of Guam

“Migrant Women’s Experiences with Community Health Care: A Holistic         Examination of Barriers to Reproductive Health Care for Chuukese Women       in Guam, U.S.” (Honorable Mention)

Alexander Plum, BA, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health

“But I didn’t want to go to hell: Addressing Faith Communities’ Stigmatization    of Suicide Among Young, Rural Micronesia Men” (Honorable Mention)

Closing Remarks: Towards Becoming the Healthiest Nation in One Generation



Elena Ong, PHN, MS, APIC Chair

Thanks to outgoing EC Members:  Aimee Afable-Munsuz, Vishnu Nepal, Wei Perng, Debbie Huang, Elena Ong*, Lan Doan* & Chari Cohen*.  Welcome to incoming EC Members:  Saia Hafoka, Shijian Li, Sharon Qin, Yousra Yusuf, Lan Doan, Chari Cohen & Niki Bannister.

December 16, 2014

Congratulations US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy

By Elena Ong, PHN, MS 

On December 15, 2014, the US Senate voted, 51-43, to confirm Dr. Vivek Murthy US Surgeon General.

After waiting more than a year for this confirmation, we can proudly call him Vice Admiral Vivek Hallegere Murthy, 19th Surgeon General of the United States.

Dr. Murthy is the first US Surgeon General of Indian American descent, and the youngest US Surgeon General in US history.

To read the entire blog, please click here.

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