Our Mission

The Health Advocacy Initiative is National APAMSA's effort to educate, equip, and empower APAMSA members to be advocates for, and leaders of policy and systems changes that improve the health of Asian American (AA) and Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) communities at national, state, and local levels.  Our goal is to provide chapters with the resources, opportunities, and networks to be able to translate social ideals into political action.
Specifically for 2017-2018, we hope to:
1. Provide basic health advocacy education to all APAMSA members
2. Keep APAMSA updated in current health advocacy efforts through APAMSA's Website, National Newsletter, and Facebook Page
3. Coordinate national advocacy campaigns and legislation change to address critical or stigmatized A&PI health issues
4. Educate APAMSA members about how they can integrate health advocacy work on A&PI issues as part of their future career
5. Mobilize interested members in a National Health Advocacy Committee to further expand APAMSA's Health Advocacy Initiative 

About Us

Health Advocacy Director

Katarina Nguyen

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

I am so excited to be elected as your new Health Advocacy Director. I want to share a little more about me and want to emphasize that I am open to talk any time. Even if I haven’t met you yet, I definitely do want to so please feel free to reach out if you ever have any questions or comments! A little about me is that I was born and raised in Seattle, WA and moved over to Baltimore, MD for college. I attended Johns Hopkins University and graduated in 3 years with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology and worked as a research technologist/coordinator for a year. I moved to the Midwest a little over a year ago to attend medical school at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, where I have worked to re-establish all of the connections I had made to my previous communities. I am the leader of over five organizations in my school as well as working on several community projects. I love reaching out and becoming involved with things I am passionate about, and APAMSA is definitely one of them. My short term goals as your Health Advocacy Director are the following:

- Poll APAMSA members on important health advocacy topics to support
- Work to disseminate ideas and good advocacy events hosted by local chapter and regions
- Create an advocacy campaign highlighting and rewarding members who work to advocate for common issues

I cannot wait for the upcoming years and I am open to suggestions and want to work towards changes and goals that members of APAMSA want to see, as I work to represent the ideas of you all. Thank you again for electing me!

Resources and Opportunities

From the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI)

International and Foreign Language Education: Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships Program
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships program provides allocations of academic year and summer fellowships to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to assist meritorious undergraduate students and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages and related area or international studies. Eligible students apply for fellowships directly to an institution that has received an allocation of fellowships from the U.S. Department of Education. Learn more.
Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention: Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recognizes that preventing and ameliorating youth violence requires a shared framework to address the factors that impact violence and victimization at the individual, peer, family, community, and societal levels and promote child and youth well-being. Jurisdictions that work to address these issues benefit from strategic, coordinated training and technical assistance (TTA) and participation in learning communities to help them reach their short- and long-term goals. To facilitate progress, better support youth violence prevention, and promote well-being in localities nationwide, OJJDP invites proposals to broker, coordinate, and provide relevant TTA to the 39 jurisdictions that OJJDP is funding through its three signature youth violence prevention initiatives—the Defending Childhood, National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention, and Community-Based Violence Prevention initiatives. Learn more.
Please click the links below to browse through the different sections of our Health Advocacy Initiative:

Health Advocacy Fundamentals

For questions, comments, or updates on your chapter advocacy efforts, email us at advocacy@apamsa.org!