National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of death in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities.1 Behavioral risk factors associated with this disease can be linked specifically to smoking, physical inactivity and nutrition.2

Recognizing the importance of fostering healthier lifestyle choices, particularly within these priority populations, APPEAL began the National Asian American and Pacific Islander Network to Eliminate Health Disparities (NAPNEHD) in October 2009. The goal of this Network is to eliminate health disparities in the AA and NHPI communities by focusing on environmental and policy change.

The Objectives of NAPNEHD are to:

  • Develop, implement and refine a strategic plan for eliminating health disparities with Affiliate Partners and other key stakeholders.
  • Facilitate and strengthen a learning community that fosters the sharing of information and collaboration throughout the NAPNEHD Network and the AA and NHPI community.
  • Enhance the capacity of the local NAPNEHD affiliates to reduce health disparities through policy change using the APPEAL Policy Change model.
  • Provide community competent and relevant technical assistance, training and leadership development for the NAPNEHD affiliates and the larger AA and NHPI community.
  • Document and disseminate progress and performance of the NAPNEHD network.

NAPNEHD success story peg Click to read NAPNEHD’s success story


Our two affiliate partners are:

Funding Sources

The APPEAL NAPHEHD Network is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as part of the national program, Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Across the U.S. (REACH U.S.). To learn more about the REACH U.S. please visit


If you would like to learn more about the NAPNEHD Network or to get involved, please contact Nina Ichikawa at [email protected].

Archived Webinars

  • September 20, 2012: Creating a Healthy Eating Active Living Movement for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders. View Recording.
  • APPEAL hosted its first Healthy Eating Active Living Webinar entitled, “Building Communities Around Healthy and Responsible Food,” on July 21, 2011. Our featured speakers, Kamuela Enos from the MA`O Organic Farms in Hawai`i and Thomas Tou Yang at the Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota, shared stories on how their communities began producing, distributing, and consuming culturally appropriate food through sustainable agricultural practices. If you were unable to attend the webinar, you may still view a recording through the following link: View Recording.

1 National Center for Health Statistics. Health, United States, 2009 with Chartbook on Trends in the Health of Americans.

2 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart Disease Behavior.