What is ASPIRE?
The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Network to Reach Equity in Tobacco Control and Cancer (ASPIRE) Network aims to build community capacity and facilitate the development of tobacco and cancer policy initiatives among diverse Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities across the United States. It is funded through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health and the Division of Cancer.
Who is ASPIRE?
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership (APPEAL), a national, nonprofit, health-justice organization serving AANHPI communities, is the fiscal sponsor and lead organization for the ASPIRE Network Project. Currently, the collaborative effort to build the ASPIRE Network includes:
- Asian Health Services (Oakland, CA)
AHS’s mission is to serve and advocate for Alameda County’s Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community by ensuring access to health care services regardless of income, insurance status, immigration status, language, or culture. They offer medical, dental, and behavioral health care for Alameda County’s underserved Asian and Pacific Islander community.
- Center for Pan Asian Community Services (Atlanta, GA)
CPACS is a private nonprofit whose mission is to promote self-sufficiency and equity for immigrants, refugees, and the underprivileged through comprehensive health and social services, capacity building, and advocacy. Founded on the belief that “people need people,” CPACS is the first, largest, and oldest organization in the Southeast to focus on issues and concerns of Asian Americans, especially women, children, and families with low incomes.
- Hui Mālama Ola Nā ʻŌiwi (Hilo, HI)
HMONO is dedicated to improving the wellness & well-being of Hawaiʻi island so that all residents can Live Longer & Feel Better, Together. HMONO is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Incorporated in 1991, they serve as the Native Hawaiian Health Care System for Hawaiʻi island, providing medical, behavioral health, and community education services with the sole objective of improving access to quality healthcare, education, and services for the people of Hawaiʻi County.
- Light and Salt Association (Houston, TX)
LSA’s mission is to care for and provide services with compassion and knowledge to the needy and vulnerable, to promote healthy living, and to foster a sense of community responsibilities. The five centers serving as the framework for their services include Cancer Support Center, Special Needs Caring Center, Information Media Center, Basic Needs Assistance Center, and Community Outreach Center.
- National Tongan American Society (Salt Lake City, UT)
NTAS is devoted to community development, improving knowledge on the importance of being civically engaged, and the improvement of health and education. To achieve their mission, they work with the community to provide information about various resources and in-house workshops to attract the public’s attention and raise funds to organize and host these programs.
- Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community (Chicago, Illinois) CBCAC unites the resources of member organizations and individual members to empower Chinese American communities in Greater Chicago. As a coalition of member organizations and individuals, CBCAC carries out its mission through civic education, issue advocacy, communication with policymakers, and community mobilization.
- Las Vegas Hawaiian Civic Club (Las Vegas, Nevada) Our club mission is to Practice and Perpetuate the traditions, beliefs, language and arts of the indigenous people of Hawai’i. Also, to focus on bringing health awareness to our events, that focuses on Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders’ various struggles with health issues.