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Join us on #WorldNoTobaccoDay 5/31/18 for a free webinar on Tobacco Cessation in Asian American communities! Hear from Asian Smokers’ Quitline and Center for Pan Asian Community Services!

Register Here: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/7bjgczx57h48&eom

The first day of Lunar New Year is on Feb 16, 2018 and it’s fast approaching! Some of our Asian community members may be busy with getting ready for the Lunar New Year and thinking about a resolution for the year of the dog. ASQ has prepared a pack of lucky red envelopes which will be given to each caller who calls ASQ to inquire about materials on how to quit smoking or to complete an online enrollment to receive a quit smoking service. Red symbolizes good fortune in Chinese and Vietnamese cultures, which is why red envelopes are widely used during Lunar New Year and other celebratory events. To celebrate the year of the dog and to wish everyone will have a healthy start of the New Year, red envelopes will be given out to Chinese and Vietnamese callers from now till February 20th while supplies last!

Refer to the ASQ website for more information. Language services available in Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Korean, and English!

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

This has been a challenging year for our communities and our country.  Immigrant communities, communities of color and LGBTQ people have been under attack led by the growing xenophobic leadership in our country.  And if that is not enough, the problems of tobacco and unhealthy eating have increased in many of our Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.  We, at APPEAL, believe that these injustices against our communities require a strategic, comprehensive approach that builds community power and community leadership especially among the younger generation.  For nearly 25 years, APPEAL has helped to build community leadership and power to help fight injustices through a nationally-renowned community leadership program resulting in the training of over 1,100 leaders and advocates in the U.S. and the Pacific.

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a national non-profit health justice organization dedicated to eliminating tobacco use and obesity in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities and other communities of color through public health education and advocacy.

We hope that you will join us in supporting APPEAL’s important leadership development work by making a donation of $500 or more. If you would like to make a donation, please click here.  This will help us launch our “Youth for Equity and Justice” leadership initiative for 10 young adult leaders in 2018.  We have raised $6,500 so far out of our goal of $10,000. Thank you to those of you who have generously donated to this campaign.

APPEAL’s leadership model has been the pillar of our movement on tobacco control and healthy eating and active living.  By training and nurturing local leaders, APPEAL is ensuring the sustainability of advocates who can organize their communities to address critical health justice issues. Your contribution is an investment in the long-term health and well-being of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. Now more than ever we need you to consider a contribution to ensure continued progress in 2018.  Your generous and timely contribution is greatly appreciated.

Sincerely yours,

Rod Lew, MPH                                         Betty Lee Hawks
Executive Director                                      Board Chair

Kaying Hang, MPH

 

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)

Roundtables

Table 1: Tobacco 101

Joann Lee, DrPH

APPEAL

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?

Marijuana

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

APPEAL

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

 

Tobacco is the single-greatest, preventable source of death and disease among racial and ethnic minorities in the United States.  Tobacco companies continue to target communities of color and, in particular, youth with menthol and other flavor additives.  Let’s chat about that, shall we?

Kick Butts Day is a national day of activism that empowers youth to stand out, speak up, and seize control against Big Tobacco.  This Kick Butts Day on March 16, 2016, 1-2 p.m. (Pac) APPEAL is gathering groups dedicated to fighting the effects of tobacco for a Twitter chat (#KickButtsChat) aimed at bringing the key goals of Kick Butts Day to our diverse communities of color:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of tobacco use in our communities;
  • Encourage youth to reject the tobacco industry’s deceptive marketing and stay tobacco-free; and
  • Urge elected officials to take action to protect kids from tobacco.

We hope you’ll join us and some of the key networks working toward the health of communities of color for #KickButtsChat on Twitter, March 16, 1-2 p.m. (Pac).

Some of the questions we’ll ask are:

  1. How does tobacco use affect our communities? Youth prevalence? (Stats, disease prevalence, etc.)
  2. Do menthol and other flavorings pose a threat to youth in the general population and youth in our communities in particular and, if so how?
  3. What are the most commonplace and/or events where tobacco product marketing occur to reach youth/teens frequently in your city, town, or community and are incentives associated with tobacco use?
  4. What are some of the most relevant spokespersons, celebrities, or figures (e.g. relatives, peers) who use some form of tobacco that youth/teens identify with or influenced by?
  5. Effective resources for cessation?
  6. Any upcoming tobacco control events to promote by us and/or the other networks?

We’re hoping that responses will be specific to each community and really draw out resources and strategies that are culturally/linguistically appropriate for particular communities of color.

Featured participates for the chat include:

@KeepItSacred – National Native Network

@nationalcouncil – National Council for Behavioral Health

@SelfMadeHealth – Self Made Health Network

@AAHC_HOPEClinic – HOPE Clinic, Houston

@Health4Americas – Nuestras Voices Network – National Alliance for Hispanic Health

@LGBTHealthLink – LGBT Health Link, a program of Center Link

@NAATPN – NAATPN, Inc.

@GeoHealthAlliance – Geographic Health Equity Alliance

@tobaccofreekids – Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids

 

Thhank you to our presenters and to all those who participated in the webinar!

For those who missed the webinar, a recorded version is available here.

Please join us for an important webinar featuring the tobacco control work underway in Hawaii and the Pacific Islands. These are two regions with unique challenges in eliminating tobacco-related health disparities. The region’s youth are vulnerable to targeted marketing by the tobacco industry and multiple jurisdictions across the Pacific make creating consistent tobacco control policy uniquely difficult. In 2015, Hawaii became the first state to raise the age of purchase of tobacco products to 21 years old. Join us as we discuss current tobacco control efforts and future plans to surmount challenges facing the region.

Date: March 9, 2016, 2:30pm PT/March 10, 2016 8:30am Guam

Featured speakers:
May Rose Dela Cruz, DrPH – ‘Imi Hale Native Hawaiian Cancer Network
Elizabeth Guerrero – Pacific Partners for Tobacco Free Islands

Register at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/tobacco_control_HI_PI

Deadline to register: March 8, 2016

 

We’re excited to invite all of our partners, friends, and neighbors to our Open House to celebrate APPEAL’s recent move to new offices!

The Open House is scheduled Tues., March 1, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., 424 3rd. St., Suite 220, Oakland, CA, 94607 – in the Jack London Warehouse District.

Stop by to chat and check out our new digs, as well as light snacks and refreshments.

Please RSVP to [email protected] or (510) 844-4147.

#APIWorldCancerDay Twitter Chat was a huge success with an incredible amount of information shared by the RAISE Partners about programs and strategies proven to address cancer in AANHPI communities.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  If you missed the chat, please visit the Storify and check it out!

World Cancer Day, coming up on February 4, is a day to raise awareness and get as many people as possible talking about this terrible killer and changer of lives. Cancer, of course, affects millions from every ethnicity, but Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) are the first ethnic group to experience cancer as the #1 cause of death. So, the members of the RAISE Network will focus the discussion toward our vulnerable communities through a Twitter chat under the hashtag #APIWorldCancerDay from 1-2 p.m., Pacific Time.

RAISE is a network of national and local organizations working together to prevent and reduce tobacco use and other cancer-related health disparities in the diverse AANHPI communities. The partners that comprise the network use evidence-based public health models and strategies that are culturally competent and population specific.

The #APIWorldCancerDay Twitter chat will feature RAISE Partners answering key questions around the issue of cancer in AANHPI communities and sharing proven strategies that have demonstrated success in the fight against cancer in our communities.  Below are some the questions we plan to address during the chat:

  1. What cancers affect AANHPI communities the most?
  2. Most successful program to boost screening & which cancer does it address?
  3. How do you reach out to different AANHPI communities and what barriers do you face?
  4. What types of support/resources do you provide to help those with limited English proficiency?
  5. What types of support/resources do you provide to help those going through/surviving cancer?
  6. What resources are need most in addressing cancer in AANHPI communities?

Please join us for #APIWorldCancerDay, Feb. 4, 1-2 p.m., Pacific.

Featured RAISE Partners for the chat include:

@aapchotweets & @hepbpolicy  Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO)

@AAHC_HOPEClinic  HOPE Clinic, Houston

@appealhealth  Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership

Find out more about the RAISE Network and the partners here.