In New York, APPEAL partner, APA HEALIN’ (Health Eating and Active Living in our Neighborhoods) has been busy sharing their recent publication, “Planting Seeds of Change: Strategies for Engaging Asian Pacific Americans in Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiatives.”

In New York, APPEAL partner, APA HEALIN’ (Health Eating and Active Living in our Neighborhoods) has been busy sharing their recent publication, “Planting Seeds of Change: Strategies for Engaging Asian Pacific Americans in Healthy Eating and Active Living Initiatives.” In the report, APA HEALIN’ summarizes the findings of surveys, informant interviews, and the explorations of a Photovoice project on the challenges around healthy eating and active living in New York City’s Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities. The coalition is now sharing the policy recommendations and strategies for inclusion in the report with a variety of food reform and public health stakeholders in an effort to ensure that AAs and NHPIs are included in broader initiatives on healthy foods and built environment.

APA HEALIN’ received funding from APPEAL as part of the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD) Project. You can see the full report, including the policy recommendations here.

The Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) launched its third cycle in September of this year. The LAAMPP Institute works with Minnesota’s diverse communities to build capacity for effective tobacco control. Twenty-five community leaders were selected to participate as fellows in the Institute and represent the following communities: Africans/African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).

The Leadership and Advocacy Institute to Advance Minnesota’s Parity for Priority Populations (LAAMPP) launched its third cycle in September of this year. The LAAMPP Institute works with Minnesota’s diverse communities to build capacity for effective tobacco control. Twenty-five community leaders were selected to participate as fellows in the Institute and represent the following communities: Africans/African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Chicanos/Latinos, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).

To kick off this cycle, fellows participated in their first core summit training to build skills in five core areas — advocacy, collaboration, cultural and community competence, facilitation, communication, and expanding tobacco prevention and control capacities. LAAMPP fellows and coaches left the summit feeling energized and motivated to create change in the tobacco control movement. Jinny Johnson, a new LAAMPP Fellow said, “[The] LAAMPP Institute is pushing me to challenge my thinking about how I work across different communities to drive social change and become a stronger advocate and person. LAAMPP is really opening my eyes to new people and their stories and showing me that we all have pieces of each other’s stories in our own..”

The LAAMPP Institute is adapted from the APPEAL Leadership Model. Funding and support for LAAMPP is provided by ClearWay MinnesotaSM and the Minnesota Department of Health.

The Asian Smokers’ Quitline, the first cessation service developed specifically for US smokers who speak Asian languages, is now available for free nationwide telephone assistance for Cantonese-, Mandarin-, Korean- and Vietnamese-speaking callers who want to quit smoking.

The Asian Smokers’ Quitline, the first cessation service developed specifically for US smokers who speak Asian languages, is now available for free nationwide telephone assistance for Cantonese-, Mandarin-, Korean- and Vietnamese-speaking callers who want to quit smoking.

Callers can speak with a bilingual/bicultural counselor to receive help with quitting smoking, informational materials and referrals to other sources. Those who call will also receive a two-week starter kit of nicotine patches.

In a study with over 2,200 Asian-language speakers, researchers show that the Asian Smokers’ Quitline is an effective cessation resource. “Overall, telephone support [provided by counselors on the Asian Smokers’ Quitline] doubled participants’ odds of quitting,” said principal investigator Dr. Shu-Hong Zhu.

Currently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is funding the University of California, San Diego for only one year to operate the quitline. APPEAL hopes that the quitline will receive funding for further years, so that community members have continued access to culturally-tailored cessation resources. A high volume of calls to the quitline in this first year is extermeley important to demonstrate that Asian Americans will use this resource. APPEAL would like to encourage all of our partners to promote the Asian Smokers’ Quitline in your respective communities.

For more information about the Asian Smokers’ Quitline, please visit: www.asiansmokersquitline.org.

The Asian Smokers’ Quitline is available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. and the phone numbers for those who want to quit are:

In September 26, 2012, APPEAL convened a group of stakeholders from across the US and Pacific Islands working towards Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) health parity in the healthy eating and active living (HEAL) and tobacco control movements.

In September 26, 2012, APPEAL convened a group of stakeholders from across the US and Pacific Islands working towards Asian American (AA), Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) health parity in the healthy eating and active living (HEAL) and tobacco control movements. At the meeting, APPEAL’s stakeholders launched APPEAL’s new national advisory committee, which formed to provide direction for APPEAL and its network members. Thirty APPEAL partners from AA and NHPI communities and allies from foundations and health departments discussed priorities for established and emerging tobacco and HEAL issues for our communities. “I enjoyed coming away with a set of priorities for the network,” said one participant, after attendees had engaged in a discussion to prioritize items from APPEAL’s policy recommendations and develop action steps for future work addressing the tobacco and obesity epidemics in AA and NHPI communities.

“Insight from our newly formed advisory committee is extermeley helpful in directing APPEAL’s work to connect, support and build upon on the expertise and strengths of our network partners,” said APPEAL Executive Director Rod Lew. In the midst of a changing policy environment, meeting attendees shared ideas about how to address new challenges and opporutnities, such as engaging new partners in the tobacco control and healthy eating and active living movements, dismantling institutional racism and encouraged each other to learn about and share successes with partners in the APPEAL network.

CDC is in the process of developing another national tobacco education campaign and is specifically looking for Asian Americans to appear in the ads. They would like to include former smokers who have suffered from various medical conditions (and have been tobacco-free for at least 6 months) or those who have used proven strategies to help them successfully quit.

Please see flyer for details.

APPEAL appreciates any help in distributing this flyer to your contacts. Those who are selected to participate in the campaign can be paid up to $2500 and it would be great to have REAL people from our community represented in a national media campaign.

Thanks so much!

APPEAL Staff

Hi APPEAL Partners,

Are you attending the National Conference on Tobacco or Health (NCTOH) in Kansas City, MO this week (8/15-8/17)?

There will be a few opportunities to meet with staff and partners:

  • APPEAL Network Reception
    When:
    Wednesday, August 15th, 5:30 – 6:30 PM

    Where: Marriott Kansas City Downtown, Bennie Moten AB

    This will be a great opportunity to meet and mingle with APPEAL PROMISE Network members and other AA and NHPI tobacco control advocates!!! Raffle prizes will be handed out during the reception.

  • Visit APPEAL’s Booth at the conference – #323 in the Exhibit Hall
    Stop by to say “hi”, pick up some materials, meet some staff, enter in our raffle, and learn how we can collaborate! We will be in the row with all of the other networks in the National Networks Consortium!
  • Support APPEAL partners by attending their sessions
    Here is a list of presentations given by APPEAL Network members and partners at the conference. Apologies if we may have missed some, please feel free to share on the APPEAL listserv with the Network.
  • Follow us on Facebook to stay in touch! We look forward to seeing those who are attending the conference this week!

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One of the largest gatherings of the Hmong community in the United States is an annual soccer tournament, the Hmong Freedom Celebration and Sports Festival, held in St. Paul, Minnesota. Organized by the Lao Family Community of Minnesota, the event draws anywhere from 30,000 to 40,000 people from around the country and is typically held the first weekend of July.

Over the years, APPEAL has had the opportunity to work locally in Minnesota, partnering with a number of groups addressing tobacco control and other health issues. One of these partners, the Statewide Tobacco Education and Engagement Project (STEEP), a collaborative of agencies serving the Cambodian, Hmong, Lao and Vietnamese communities, has maintained a strong presence at the soccer tournament — even after both the city park and the Lao Family’s own non-smoking policies were put in place to protect festival attendees from secondhand smoke. So, why is it so important for STEEP to stay involved even after tobacco control policies have been adopted? As STEEP Program Coordinator, Ellie Watkins, notes, “There is still a lot of work to be done.”

While policy change remains a centerpiece of their tobacco control efforts, STEEP views continuing engagement with community members as a core part of their efforts. Even with policies in place, “people still need help understanding those policies and how they affect their lives,” explains Ms. Watkins. “There is still a lot to learn about the harms that tobacco can have [on health], so prevention cannot end.”

The soccer tournament also offers STEEP a platform to address a range of ther health issues that impact the Hmong community, increase their visibility with the public, and expand their base of support. In recent years, the collaborative has developed their expertise on healthy eating and physical activity, just as the Hmong community begins to see obesity, diabetes, and other related health conditions spread. STEEP’s credibility to address these areas of health draws, in part, from their rich experiences in the tobacco control arena.

STEEP’s story serves as a great example for advocates in the tobacco control movement. A cornerstone of their approach has been their commitment to combining education with advocacy efforts, and continuing to engage the community well after the implementation of policies. This long term view and investment in the community allows them to deepen their tobacco control work, and address additional areas of concern in the Hmong and other Southeast Asian communities.

The Hmong Freedom Celebration and Sports Festival was held on June 30 – July 1, 2012. Please visit the following website for more information: http://www.laofamily.org/july4.