ROD LEW

Executive Director

Rod Lew, MPH, is the Founder and Executive Director of APPEAL. Prior to APPEAL, Rod was the Health Education Director at Asian Health Services and the Associate Director for the Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations. Rod was a contributing author to the 1998 Surgeon General’s Report on Tobacco Use and has written and published widely on tobacco and health disparities. Rod provided testimony to the U.S. Congressional Committee on Commerce on the impact of national tobacco policy in 1999 and to the U.S. Surgeon General in 2004. He has also served on numerous national health advisory committees, including the State of California Tobacco Education and Research Oversight Committee (2000-2006), American Public Health Association (APHA) Equal Health Opportunity Committee (2005-6) and APHA Asian Pacific Islander Caucus, where he served as Chair (1998-2000). Rod was the 2002 recipient of the Christopher Jenkins Cancer Control Award. In 2009, he also received the Lester Breslow Lifetime Achievement Award from the UCLA School of Public Health, his alma mater.

Priya

SPARC Program Coordinator

Priya graduated with a Bachelor’s in Health Sciences- Concentration in Public Health from California State University, East Bay. Her interest lies in representing underserved AA & NH/PI communities through community-based participatory research (CBPR), advocacy, and creating culturally tailored resources. In her free time, she enjoys working with her mentor and lab mates studying Indo-Fijian health behaviors and serving as the Program Director-Elect for the Asian Pacific Islander Caucus (APIC) for the American Public Health Association (APHA). Priya aspires to get her Master’s in Public Health and to use her experiences to inspire new leaders in her community to advocate for health and representation.

Michelle

ASPIRE Program Coordinator

Michelle holds a Masters in Public Health with a concentration in Health Management and Policy from Drexel University with graduate work focused on improving patient care rounding in hospitals and access to language services for limited English proficient patients. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classical Civilizations with a minor in Biochemistry which translated into research on Greek and Roman public health and medicine from the University of Tennessee. She attended medical school at Burrell College of Osteopathic Medicine in New Mexico before returning to her passions in health policy, health access, and mental health. She has worked in health administration, oncology, and quality improvement at various hospitals and clinics in TN and PA to ensure better health care delivery to vulnerable populations. She hopes to empower AANHPI communities and to inspire individuals from her Cantonese and Memphis/Delta Chinese heritage to advocate for health through social justice and health equity policies and programs. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys hiking, kayaking, cooking, photography, painting, yoga, martial arts, and billiards.