When former smokers have the opportunity to tell their stories about how tobacco has led to devastating consequences in their lives, it can be a powerful way to impact the lives of others.

APPEAL is proud to announce our recent partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Together, we are conducting a national search to identify candidates who are willing to share their compelling tobacco-related stories in an upcoming national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers (Tips).  For the next campaign, APPEAL is focused on boosting recruitment of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander candidates to insure that our heavily impacted communities are represented in cessation outreach.

Similar to previous campaigns seen here, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health issues will be featured. CDC is requesting our assistance in identifying individuals who fit its recruitment criteria and who may be interested in participating in the Tips campaign. For the 2016 Tips campaign, CDC is looking for stories from former smokers who:

  • Have or have had anxiety OR depression (not both) and a serious health condition due to smoking (ages 30–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) due to smoking (ages 40–55)
  • Currently serve or have served in the military and have been diagnosed with a serious health condition due to smoking (i.e., coronary artery disease/heart attack, COPD, peripheral artery disease, cancer, or stroke) (ages 30–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis while smoking (ages 25–60)
  • Have used electronic cigarettes along with tobacco cigarettes instead of quitting because they thought it was better for their health than smoking cigarettes alone and yet they experienced a severe health problem (ages 20–60)
  • Have been diagnosed with a serious health condition caused by smoking and now have a compelling positive story about the benefits experienced since quitting (ages 18–54)

Visit www.joinCDCtips.com for more information. Please share any referrals you might have with APPEAL’s Joann Lee at [email protected], or contact Mimi Webb Miller Casting by e-mail ([email protected]) or by phone (toll free) (844) 274-9816.

 

Chad Smith, the principal chief of the Cherokee Nation from 1999 to 2011, has been a powerful force in building businesses and working toward self-sufficiency for Native American nations.  He has devoted the majority of his adult life to rebuilding the Cherokee Nation and helping Cherokees learn how to help themselves. When he was principal chief, the Cherokee Nation grew its assets from $150 million to $1.2 billion, increased business profits 2,000 percent, improved healthcare services from $18 million to $310 million, created 6,000 jobs, and  dramatically advanced its education, language, and cultural preservation programs. The Cherokee Nation’s success is a direct result of his principle-based leadership and his “Point A to Point B” leadership model. This model works for businesses, governments, and people in everyday life situations. His book “Leadership Lessons from the Cherokee Nation” describing this model has been published by McGraw-Hill.

His efforts outside of the government and business arenas are diversified. He is a renowned legal scholar and accomplished public speaker; has published Cherokee art, culture, and history books; produced 10 Cherokee Nation Youth Choir CDs in the Cherokee language; enjoys rebuilding old Studebaker cars; was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame; rappelled from a 19-story hotel to raise money for Special Olympics; and bicycled the entire 980-mile Trail of Tears as part of a Cherokee youth leadership exercise.

He earned his BS Ed from the University of Georgia, 1973; MPA from University of Wisconsin, 1975; JD from the University of Tulsa, 1980; and MBA from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, 2008. He has been an ironworker, tax lawyer, assistant district attorney, public defender, visiting professor at Dartmouth College, and principal chief.

He lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, with his wife, Bobbie Gail Smith, a first language Cherokee speaker who translates English into Cherokee.  He has a leadership and organization consulting practice, which includes public speaking, writing, and development of leadership projects, such as the Vision Center, a hands-on career exploration center.  He also practices Indian law.

 

Dolores Clara Fernandez was born on April 10, 1930 in Dawson, a small mining town in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Her father Juan Ferånández, a farm worker and miner by trade, was a union activist who ran for political office and won a seat in the New Mexico legislature in 1938. Dolores spent most of her childhood and early adult life in Stockton, California where she and her two brothers moved with their mother, following her parents’ divorce.

According to Dolores, her mother’s independence and entrepreneurial spirit was one of the primary reasons she became a feminist. Dolores’ mother Alicia was known for her kindness and compassion towards others. She offered rooms at affordable rates in her 70 room hotel, which she acquired after years of hard work. Alicia welcomed low-wage workers in the hotel, and often, waived the fee for them altogether. She was an active participant in community affairs, involved in numerous civic organizations and the church. Alicia encouraged the cultural diversity that was a natural part of Dolores’ upbringing in Stockton. The agricultural community where they lived was made up of Mexican, Filipino, African-American, Japanese and Chinese working families.

Alicia’s community activism was reflected in Dolores’ involvement as a student at Stockton High School. She was active in numerous school clubs, was a majorette, and a dedicated member of the Girl Scouts until the age of 18. Upon graduating Dolores continued her education at the University of Pacific’s Delta College in Stockton earning a provisional teaching credential. During this time she married Ralph Head and had two daughters, Celeste and Lori. While teaching she could no longer bear to see her students come to school with empty stomachs and bare feet, and thus began her lifelong journey of working to correct economic injustice.
An Organizer is Born

Dolores found her calling as an organizer while serving in the leadership of the Stockton Community Service Organization (CSO). During this time she founded the Agricultural Workers Association, set up voter registration drives and pressed local governments for barrio improvements. It was in 1955 through CSO founder Fred Ross, Sr. that she would meet a likeminded colleague, CSO Executive Director César E. Chávez. The two soon discovered that they shared a common vision of organizing farm workers, an idea that was not in line with the CSO’s mission.

As a result, in the spring of 1962 César and Dolores resigned from the CSO, and launched the National Farm Workers Association. Dolores’ organizing skills were essential to the growth of this budding organization. The challenges she faced as a woman did not go unnoted and in one of her letters to Cesar she joked…”Being a now (ahem) experienced lobbyist, I am able to speak on a man-to-man basis with other lobbyists.”

The first testament to her lobbying and negotiating talents were demonstrated in securing Aid For Dependent Families (“AFDC”) and disability insurance for farm workers in the State of California in 1963, an unparalleled feat of the times. She was also instrumental in the enactment of the Agricultural Labor Relations Act of 1975. This was the first law of its kind in the United States, granting farm workers in California the right to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions

While the farm workers lacked financial capitol they were able to wield significant economic power through hugely successful boycotts at the ballot box with grassroots campaigning. As the principal legislative advocate, Dolores became one of the UFW’s most visible spokespersons. Robert F. Kennedy acknowledged her help in winning the 1968 California Democratic Presidential Primary moments before he was shot in Los Angeles. Throughout the years she has worked to elect numerous candidates including President Clinton, Congressman Ron Dellums, Governor Jerry Brown, Congresswoman Hilda Solis and Hillary Clinton.
Women’s Liberation

As much as she was Cesar’s right hand she could also be the greatest thorn in his side. The two were infamous for their blow out arguments an element that was a natural part of their working relationship. Dolores viewed this as a healthy and necessary part of the growth process of any worthwhile collaboration. While Dolores was busy breaking down one gender barrier after another, she was seemingly unaware of the tremendous impact she was having on, not only farm worker woman but also young women everywhere.

While directing the first National Boycott of California Table Grapes out of New York she came into contact with Gloria Steinem and the burgeoning feminist movement who rallied behind the cause. Quickly she realized they shared much in common. Having found a supportive voice with other feminists, Dolores consciously began to challenge gender discrimination within the farm workers’ movement.

Non-Violence Is Our Strength

Early on, Dolores advocated for the entire family’s participation in the movement. After all it was men, women and children together out in the fields picking, thinning and hoeing. Thus the practice of non-violence was not only a philosophy but a very necessary approach in providing for the safety of all. Her life and the safety of those around her were in jeopardy on countless occasions. The greatest sacrifice to the movement was made by five martyrs all of whom she knew personally.

At age 58 Dolores suffered a life-threatening assault while protesting against the policies of then presidential candidate George Bush in San Francisco. A baton-wielding officer broke four ribs and shattered her spleen. Public outrage resulted in the San Francisco Police Department changing its policies regarding crowd control and police discipline and Dolores was awarded an out of court settlement.
Following a lengthy recovery she took a leave of absence from the union to focus on women’s rights. She traversed the country for two years on behalf of the Feminist Majority’s Feminization of Power: 50/50 by the year 2000 Campaign encouraging Latina’s to run for office. The campaign resulted in a significant increase in the number of women representatives at the local, state and federal levels. She also served as National Chair of the 21st Century Party founded in 1992 on the principles that women make up 52% of the party’s candidates and that officers must reflect the ethnic diversity of the nation.

Her Second Wind

At 84, Dolores Huerta continues to work tirelessly developing leaders and advocating for the working poor, women, and children. As founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation, she travels across the country engaging in campaigns and influencing legislation that supports equality and defends civil rights. She often speaks to students and organizations about issues of social justice and public policy.

There are thousands of working poor immigrants in the agriculture rich San Joaquin Valley of California. They are unfamiliar with laws or agencies that can protect them or benefits that they are entitled to. They are often preyed upon by unscrupulous individuals who take advantage of them. They often feel hopeless and unable to remedy their situations.

Dolores teaches these individuals that they have personal power that needs to be coupled with responsibility and cooperation to create the changes needed to improve their lives.

It is rarely practiced today because it is tedious and time consuming. However, the results are long lasting and while people are in the process of building organization, they are learning lessons they will never forget and the transformative roots are planted. The fruit is the leadership that is developed and the permanent changes in the community. In other words, this is how grass roots democracy works.

Recognition And Awards

There are four elementary schools in California, one in Fort Worth, Texas, and a high school in Pueblo, Colorado named after Dolores Huerta.

She was inducted into the California Hall of Fame in March of 2013. She has received numerous awards: among them The Eleanor Roosevelt Humans Rights Award from President Clinton in l998, Ms. Magazine’s One of the Three Most Important Women of l997, Ladies Home Journal’s 100 Most Important Woman of the 20th Century, The Puffin Foundation’s Award for Creative Citizenship: Labor Leader Award 1984, The Kern County Woman of The Year Award from the California State Legislature, The Ohtli Award from the Mexican Government, The Smithsonian Institution – James Smithson Award, and Nine Honorary Doctorates from Universities throughout the United States.

In 2012 President Obama bestowed Dolores with her most prestigious award, The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States. Upon receiving this award Dolores said, “The freedom of association means that people can come together in organization to fight for solutions to the problems they confront in their communities. The great social justice changes in our country have happened when people came together, organized, and took direct action. It is this right that sustains and nurtures our democracy today. The civil rights movement, the labor movement, the women’s movement, and the equality movement for our LGBT brothers and sisters are all manifestations of these rights. I thank President Obama for raising the importance of organizing to the highest level of merit and honor.”

Dr. Howard Koh Departs HHS After 5 Years of Important Work Tackling AANHPI Health Disparities

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy &Leadership (APPEAL) recognizes the tireless work and tremendous impact of Dr. Howard Koh as he departs his post as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS).

“We will always be indebted to Dr. Koh for his efforts to curb tobacco use in our communities,” said Rod Lew, executive director of the Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy & Leadership(APPEAL). “He has been one of our greatest champions for the past 20 years in the fight for a tobacco-free society.”

Across an impressive spectrum of roles from primary-care physician to academic researcher to his tenure as a diligent public servant, Dr. Koh has demonstrated a deep commitment to improving public health. APPEAL is particularly appreciative of Dr. Koh’s efforts as a strong ally in our efforts to curb the impacts of tobacco and cancer in underserved communities, including Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities.

His tireless work was behind the Obama administration’s efforts to accelerate progress against tobacco usage, including the first-ever, federal Tobacco Control Strategic Action Plan and the National Tobacco-Free College Campus Initiative, which promotes and supports tobacco-free policies at universities, colleges and other institutions of higher learning across the U.S. Dr. Koh has also been the driving force to ensure that the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid provide coverage for tobacco cessation.

“Dr. Koh’s efforts on addressing the tobacco epidemic are unmatched and he will be greatly missed at HHS,” Lew continued. “But, his work has paved the way to end tobacco use for the next generation and we look forward to continuing to work with him in the future.”

Dr. Koh will continue his remarkable career and his decades of work toward improving public health as Professor of the Practice of Public Health Leadership at Harvard University’s School of Public Health.

It is with a deep sense of gratitude that APPEAL joins the many communities touched by Dr. Koh in wishing him well in his new role.

Pathways of Change: Advancing Equity on Tobacco, Obesity & Cancer Control is a 2.5-day conference that celebrates APPEAL’s 20th anniversary by examining the health disparities faced by Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and other underserved communities and how to create meaningful change.  Early-bird rates are available until July 25.  Special discounted hotel room rates are also available.  For scholarship and other conference information, or to register, visit the Pathways of Change page.

Join APPEAL’s Efforts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Tobacco Education Campaign

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the second round of their tobacco education campaign last week, Tips from Former Smokers (Tips). The campaign aims to continue raising awareness of the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourage smokers to quit, and encourage nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke through advertisements, public service announcments, and social media outreach. With a national spotlight on tobacco education, now is a critical time for APPEAL and our network members to help in delivering key information and resources to our Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the second round of their tobacco education campaign last week, Tips from Former Smokers (Tips). The campaign aims to continue raising awareness of the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourage smokers to quit, and encourage nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke through advertisements, public service announcments, and social media outreach. With a national spotlight on tobacco education, now is a critical time for APPEAL and our network members to help in delivering key information and resources to our Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

Building on the success of last year’s campaign, the CDC is incorporating new ads highlighting stories of individuals from diverse communities including: African American, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), and Native American/Alaska Native communities. Additionally, CDC is making a special effort to reach out to Asian American smokers by placing ads that include a “tip” to encourage smokers to call the Asian Smokers’ Quitline in various Asian-language newspapers across the country.

To support these national tobacco education efforts, APPEAL encourages network members to help spread these critical messages to our communities and encourage them to get involved.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Share campaign materials with your clients, patients, or community members: Post the Tips videos and other relevant Tips information on your website or social media channels. Visit the Tips website.
  • Raise our communities’ voices in the fight against tobacco: Encourage community members to share personal stories on how tobacco has changed their life on the National Networks website.
  • Promote culturally appropriate resources for quitting tobacco: The Asian Smokers’ Quitline provides free in-language services to those who speak Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese.

    With the help of network members, APPEAL hopes to shed further light on how tobacco is impacting Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. If you need assistance with your efforts, please contact us at [email protected]

Join APPEAL’s Efforts with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Tobacco Education Campaign

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the second round of their tobacco education campaign last week, Tips from Former Smokers (Tips). The campaign aims to continue raising awareness of the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourage smokers to quit, and encourage nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke through advertisements, public service announcments, and social media outreach. With a national spotlight on tobacco education, now is a critical time for APPEAL and our network members to help in delivering key information and resources to our Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the second round of their tobacco education campaign last week, Tips from Former Smokers (Tips). The campaign aims to continue raising awareness of the negative health effects caused by smoking, encourage smokers to quit, and encourage nonsmokers to protect themselves and their families from exposure to secondhand smoke through advertisements, public service announcments, and social media outreach. With a national spotlight on tobacco education, now is a critical time for APPEAL and our network members to help in delivering key information and resources to our Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.

Building on the success of last year’s campaign, the CDC is incorporating new ads highlighting stories of individuals from diverse communities including: African American, Latino, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT), and Native American/Alaska Native communities. Additionally, CDC is making a special effort to reach out to Asian American smokers by placing ads that include a “tip” to encourage smokers to call the Asian Smokers’ Quitline in various Asian-language newspapers across the country.

To support these national tobacco education efforts, APPEAL encourages network members to help spread these critical messages to our communities and encourage them to get involved.

Here’s what you can do to help:

  • Share campaign materials with your clients, patients, or community members: Post the Tips videos and other relevant Tips information on your website or social media channels. Visit the Tips website.
  • Raise our communities’ voices in the fight against tobacco: Encourage community members to share personal stories on how tobacco has changed their life on the National Networks website.
  • Promote culturally appropriate resources for quitting tobacco: The Asian Smokers’ Quitline provides free in-language services to those who speak Chinese, Korean or Vietnamese.
  • With the help of network members, APPEAL hopes to shed further light on how tobacco is impacting Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities. If you need assistance with your efforts, please contact us at [email protected]

Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) commended CVS Caremark on Wednesday for prioritizing public health with its decision to remove all tobacco products from its 7,600 stores by Oct. 1.
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APPEAL guest edits peer reviewed articles on eliminating tobacco disparities among AAs & NHPIs

Oakland, C.A. – Today, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) and Health Promotion Practice(HPP) released the second ever (and first in over a decade) issue of a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to tobacco use in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) communities.

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Contact:
George C. Wu
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Rod Lew
Executive Director, APPEAL
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August 15, 2013

First Journal Issue Dedicated to AA & NHPI Tobacco Use Released in a Decade

Oakland, C.A. – Today, Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) and Health Promotion Practice (HPP) released the second ever (and first in over a decade) issue of a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to tobacco use in the Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA & NHPI) communities.

“APPEAL is pleased to be involved in both historic efforts to highlight the damage tobacco use has on our communities and the solutions that have been tested and proven successful,’’ said APPEAL Executive Director Rod Lew, who was a guest editor for the issue. “Tobacco use amongst AAs & NHPIs continues to remain high, and community members then suffer health consequences. That is why this issue of Health Promotion Practice is so important, and why we need to work together to advocate for the health of our communities.”

Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco Disparities Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities focuses on how these promising practices can lead to a tobacco free community norm and policy change. Tobacco use continues to be the single most preventable cause of death for all groups in the United States, including AAs & NHPIs. Men’s smoking rates among Pacific Islanders (35.7%) and Vietnamese (30.7%) are almost double those of all men in California, according to the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). Rates are also high among Korean (21.5%) and Filipino men (18.7%).

At the release, former smoker Rico Foz talked about his struggle with tobacco use: “It took cancer to make me give up smoking. I was diagnosed with esophageal cancer and had surgery to remove the cancer, but because I was uninsured at the time, we had to use our family’s savings to pay for medical bills. I had a difficult recovery–barely able to walk or move–so my wife, a nurse, had to quit her job to care for me. Luckily, I recovered.”

Promising Practices to Eliminate Tobacco Disparities Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Communities will be available open access to the general public on September 1, 2013. Media can obtain an advance by contacting Elaine Colwell, [email protected] For more information about APPEAL’s strategies for tobacco control and eliminating tobacco-related disparities for AAs & NHPIs, please visit www.appealforcommunities.org.

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Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL) is a national organization working towards social justice and a tobacco-free Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) community. To learn more about APPEAL, please visit www.appealforcommunities.org.

Health Promotion Practice (HPP), an official journal of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE), publishes authoritative articles devoted to the practical application of health promotion and education. The journal provides information of strategic importance to a broad base of professionals engaged in the practice of developing, implementing, and evaluating health promotion and disease prevention programs.

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OAKLAND, May 23, 2013 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), in partnership with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), is encouraging Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) tobacco users to speak with their physicians about smoking and quitting.

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Contact:
Stacy Lavilla
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Rod Lew
Executive Director, APPEAL
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AAPCHO and APPEAL Urges AA&NHOPI Smokers to Speak with their Physicians

OAKLAND, May 23, 2013 – The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO), in partnership with Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), is encouraging Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (AA&NHOPI) tobacco users to speak with their physicians about smoking and quitting.

AAPCHO and APPEAL, in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Talk with Your Doctor” campaign, is asking physicians and patients, to engage in dialogue about smoking cessation. Yesterday, CDC unveiled its campaign, which recognizes the critical role health care providers can play in helping their patients quit.

“Smoking continues to be a serious problem in our communities,” said Jeffery Caballero, executive director of AAPCHO, “We need to continue to let people know, especially those who fall under the radar of mainstream programs, of the health risks involved with smoking, as well as the availability of resources and services to help people quit.”

AAPCHO, a national non-profit association of community health centers primarily serving medically underserved AA&NHOPIs, is also promoting the Asian Quitline, which offers interpretive services in Korean, Chinese, and Vietnamese. AAPCHO is asking physicians to refer smokers to the hotline, which is offering two weeks of free nicotine patches to callers.

“It is important to get trusted health care providers actively involved and encourage smokers to quit,” said Rod Lew, executive director of APPEAL. “And it is important that our communities, for which many are limited English proficient, get access to the in-language resources and assistance they need. We feel that the ‘Talk to Your Doctor Campaign,’ and the Asian Quitline helps us take steps toward that goal.”

National studies show extremely high smoking prevalence rates in Vietnamese and Korean American men – around one in three are smokers. Limited data on Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islander populations suggest that children begin smoking at a very early age, and that smoking prevalence is very high among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander men and women.

About AAPCHO
AAPCHO is a national association of 33 community health organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islanders in the U.S. For more information on AAPCHO please visit www.aapcho.org.

About APPEAL
Asian Pacific Partners for Empowerment, Advocacy and Leadership (APPEAL), founded in 1994, is a national organization working towards social justice and a tobacco-free Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander community. To learn more about APPEAL, please visit www.appealforcommunities.org