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 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 in its first year, 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 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 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.
- Rohingya Culture Center (Chicago, IL) RCC of Chicago is a community based social service organization aimed at serving the needs of the Rohingya refugee population in Chicago as well as raising awareness of the persecution of the Rohingya in Myanmar. RCC was established in 2016, in Chicago’s West Ridge/West Rogers Park neighborhood, to serve the needs of the growing Rohingya refugee community.