National Health Advocacy Organization Marks 25 Years in Washington, D.C.

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The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a national conference and gala on March 19 and 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The two-day conference titled "Cultivating Traditions of Wellness 2012: Advancing Community Leadership," is expected to draw more than 150 attendees and is designed for health care professionals, Community Health Center staff serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders, and patients.

The Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with a national conference and gala on March 19 and 20, 2012 in Washington, D.C. The event is titled AAPCHO’s 25th Anniversary “Cultivating Traditions of Wellness” and will be held at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

The two-day conference, which is expected to draw more than 150 attendees, is designed specifically for health care professionals, Community Health Center (CHC) staff serving Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders (AA&NHOPIs) and patients. This year’s theme, “Advancing Community Leadership,” will highlight issues such as payment reform and efforts to engage consumers in national health care discussions. AAPCHO will also commemorate 25 years of commitment to AA&NHOPI health.

“This national conference truly symbolizes all that we have accomplished in the past 25 years,” said Jeffrey Caballero, executive director at AAPCHO. “It represents the leadership of not only our membership, but also the participation of their consumers. It represents the challenges not only health care providers have faced in improving the health of AA&NHOPIs, but also that of their patients and other stakeholders. Lastly, it represents the steps and health care models we have utilized in the face of these challenges.”

The conference will close with a gala celebration on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 and will feature AAPCHO and its member community health centers’ work to improve health care access for vulnerable AA&NHOPI communities across the country. The gala will also highlight community health centers’ efforts to foster leadership among their local communities and patients.

AAPCHO is a not-for-profit association of community-based organizations dedicated to promoting advocacy, collaboration, and leadership that improves the health status and access of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders in the United States, its territories, and freely associated states.

AAPCHO was formed in 1987 by six community health centers primarily serving medically underserved AA&NHOPIs. The goal of these community health centers was to create an organization that served as a national voice that advocated for the unique and diverse health needs of AA&NHOPI communities and the community health providers that serve those needs. In the past 25 years, AAPCHO has grown to represent 29 community health organizations that serve more than 550,000 patients across the nation, the majority of which are low-income, limited English proficient, and medically disenfranchised.

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