APPEAL’s Making Waves summit provided an opportunity to discuss strategies to advance health equity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities and other communities of color to eliminate tobacco use and obesity for future generations.

Summit Agenda: 2017 APPEAL Making Waves Agenda

Presentation slides from panelists will be uploaded soon:

Day of Community and Strategy: Thursday, September 21, 2017

Tobacco and Obesity Data on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders: Data and Community Approach

Paula Palmer, PhD

Claremont Graduate University, School of Community & Global Health

The Changing Landscape of Tobacco Control: Considerations for Policy, Planning, and Practice

Brian King, PhD, MPH

Office of Smoking and Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Critical Issues in Tobacco and Obesity for AANHPIs

Electronic Nicotine Delivery Devices

Irene Linayao-Putman, MPH

County of San Diego Health & Human Services Agency

Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL)

Fahina Tavake-Pasi

National Tongan American Society (NTAS)

Youth and Young Adult Engagement

Jake Ryann Sumibcay, MPH

Claremont Graduate University, School of Community & Global Health

Successful Strategies on Tobacco and HEAL

Capacity Building    

Jin Lee Johnson, MPH                                                 

MN Association of Community Health Centers

Community Policy

Alisi Tulua

Community Advocate

Mainstream Policy                                                   

Sambo Sak

Families in Good Health

Legislative Policy

Wat Sintharattana

Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS)


Table 1: Tobacco 101

Joann Lee, DrPH


Table 2: HEAL Food Campaigns     

Cathy Vue, MPH

Asian Services in Action (ASIA, Inc.)

HaRi Kim

Koreatown Youth and Community Center

Table 3: HEAL in the Community

DeHorne Sia

HOPE Clinic

Joseph Gonsalves

Hui No Ke Ola Pono, Inc.

Table 4: ENDDs/Marijuana

Elaine Ishihara, MPA

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Healthy Communities (APICAT)

Table 5: Tobacco Cessation

Janice Tsoh, PhD

UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education

Kamahanahokulani Farrar, MHRM

Na Pu’uwai Native Hawaiian Health System

Table 6: Other Tobacco Products

Arnab Mukherjea, DrPH, MPH

California State University, East Bay

Plenary Panel: Growing Our Movement

Michael Byun, MPA

Asian Services In Action (ASIA, Inc.)

Shra Alik

Pacific Partners for Tobacco Free Islands  (PPTFI)

Elaine Ishihara, MPA

Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Advocating Together for Healthy Communities (APICAT)
Day of Equity: Friday, September 22, 2017

Carol McGruder, APPEAL Health Equity Award Recipient

General Session Panel:

Getting to Equity in Tobacco and Obesity in a Challenging Environment

Claradina Soto, PhD, MPH

University Of Southern California Keck School Of Medicine

Gloria Soliz, M.Div, TTS

Coalition of Lavender-Americans on Smoking and Health (CLASH)/The Last Drag

Rebecca DeLaRosa, MPA

Latino Coalition for a Healthy California

Tana Lepule

Pacific Islander Community Health

What’s Next for Tobacco Control?


Phillip Gardiner, DrPH

UC Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP)

Health Care Systems

Elisa Tong, MD, MA

UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center

What’s Next for HEAL?

Soda Taxes

Kula Koenig

American Heart Association

Food Justice

Shaniece Alexander, MSW

Oakland Food Policy Council (OFPC)

Successful Tobacco/HEAL Policy Strategies

Community Leadership Development and Policy Change

Jaime Martinez, M.Ed

ClearWay Minnesota

Maximizing Retailers’ Responsiveness to FDA Regulatory Authority in Minority Communities

Jimi Huh, PhD

Institute for Health Promotion & Disease Prevention, University of Southern California

HEAL Policy Change

Xavier Morales, PhD, MRP

The Praxis Project

Opportunities for Equity

Measures of Change: Institutionalizing Health Equity within Tobacco Control

Rhodora Ursua, MPH


Voices from Health Department Equity Leaders

Lloyd Nadal, MA

California Department of Public Health

Office of Health Equity Advisory Committee

Paj Nandi, MPH

Washington State Department of Health