The Orange County Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance, Inc. (OCAPICA) was established in 1997 with the mission to build a healthier and stronger community by enhancing the well-being of Asians and Pacific Islanders through inclusive partnerships in the areas of service, education, advocacy, organizing, and research.
OCAPICA operates more than 20 different programs in the areas of health, mental health, youth development and leadership, community and economic development, education and policy. OCAPICA and its partners annually serve more than 80,000 community members, mainly very low income Asians and Pacific Islanders throughout Orange County and Los Angeles, San Diego, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties.
OCAPICA staff speaks 12 languages and our programs have served the Cambodian, Lao, Hmong, Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean, Tongan, Samoan, Fijian, Marshallese, Native Hawaiian, Bangladeshi, Cham, Asian Indian, Filipino, Japanese, Latino, Persian, White and African American communities. In addition, OCAPICA is one of the 18 National Centers of the Excellence to Eliminate Disparities in Health funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
2012 Programs and Funders:
Promoting Access to Health for Pacific Islander and Southeast Asian Women (PATH for Women), NationalCenter of Excellence to Eliminate Disparities in Health – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Weaving an Islander Network for Cancer Awareness Research and Training (WINCART) – National Cancer Institute/CaliforniaStateUniversity, Fullerton
Pacific Islander Pap Test Intervention Study – National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health/California State University, Fullerton
OrangeCountyCenter for Community Health Research – National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health/Public Health Foundation Enterprise
California Healthy Nail Salon Collaborative – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences/Asian Health Services
Ergonomic Training Project – National Institutes of Health/University of CaliforniaIrvine
Navigating Our Health – St. Joseph Health System Foundation
Thai Women’s Health Project – Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Los Angeles County Affiliate
Vietnamese Children’s Asthma Project – UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Children’s Hospital of Orange County
Mental Health Full Service Partnership – County of Orange, Health Care Agency
Mental Health Prevention and Early Intervention/Outreach and Engagement – County of Orange, Health Care Agency
National Asian American Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Project – National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development/Coulter Foundation
Statewide Health Justice Network for Health Access Project – AsianPacificAmericanLegalCenter
California Lifeline Program – Richard Heath and Associates
OCAPICA Bridges – College Access Foundation of California and Southern California Edison
OCAPICA Scholars Program – College Access Foundation of California
Youth Employment Program – County of Orange, Workforce Investment Board through the Workforce Investment Act/Department of Labor
CalGRIP Gang Prevention Program – County of Orange, Workforce Investment Board through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
Healthy Asian Pacific Islander Youth/Youth Empowerment Program – Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health/California State University, Fullerton
Promoting Access to Health (PATH) for Women concluded on September 29, 2012.
PATH for Women has been an integral part to OCAPICA's Health Programs for over a decade. Since its inception in 1999, PATH has become a groundbreaking force in the community with the goal of eliminating health disparities in breast and cervical cancer in 10 communities (Cambodian, Chamorro, Hmong, Lao, Marshallese, Native Hawaiian, Samoan, Tongan, Thai, and Vietnamese) across 7 community-based organizations throughout Orange, Los Angeles, and San Diego Counties, as well as multiple legacy partnerships across the United States.
In the 13 years of PATH for Women, the Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander communities have received education on breast and cervical cancer in English and their native languages. Community members have also been linked to life-saving screenings through the PATH for Women Patient Navigation model. This patient navigation model is a crucial element to eliminating disparities in screening. The health educators can speak the native language of the community while navigating the patients through a complicated health care system (something that is difficult to do alone when community members have limited English proficiency skills, as well as limited knowledge of the health care system).
PATH for Women has also strengthened the capacity of skills among the educators and their respective organizations. Health Educators and Patient Navigators have increased leadership in their work on policy and advocacy education so that health systems (i.e. hospitals) can incorporate similar models to eliminate health disparities. In addition, PATH for Women provided a leverage for community-based organizations to continue to sustain their work through seeking funding and grant opportunities.
The outcome produced by PATH for Women is groundbreaking because dis-aggregated data is produced from these 10 communities (something that has never been done before) on breast and cervical cancer knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and screening. Through this, stories are captured to inform the community about populations that PATH for Women serves, which ultimately helps continue to eliminate health disparities.
PATH for Women would not be a success without our University and Community Partners. Thank you to CSUF’s Asian American Studies Program and Health Sciences Department, and UCLA’s Asian American Studies Center and Fielding School of Public Health. We also want to thank Families in Good Health/St. Mary Medical Center, Guam Communications Network, Pacific Islander Health Partnership, Samoan National Nurses Association, Tongan Community Service Center/Special Services for Groups, Union of Pan-Asian Communities, and our PATH partners at OCAPICA for taking a walk on this amazing path for the past 13 years.
Congratulations to the OCAPICA Health Team for your services to the community!
SATURDAY, JUNE 16th: Acts of Kindness Donation Drive
Save the date! You are invited to The Acts of Kindness Donation Drive onSaturday, June 16th from 9am-2:30pm at Bank of America on 13952 Brookhurst Street Garden Grove, CA 92843(corner of Brookhurst & Westminster).
I am teaming up with various individuals from other organizations such as the Asians for Miracle Marrow Matches and Vietnamese American Cancer Foundation to help plan for this event. We are looking to collect hair donations and bone marrow registrations that day. Here are the requirements for each type of donation:
Bone Marrow Registration Requirements
-willing to have a cheek swab
*only takes 5 minutes, it could save a life!
Hair Donation Requirements
-must be at least 10”, clean & dry
-must be bundled in a ponytail or braid
-only natural hair colors will be usable (no bleached, dyed, dreaded or permed hair)
Attached you will find the flyer I’ve created for this event. If you know anyone that may be interested in donating, volunteering, attending and or becoming a sponsor for the event, please let me know and forward them this email along with my contact information. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public.
Be a DO-GOODER and help save a life! Join the bone marrow registry and or donate your hair for cancer victims.
Check out our new photos of our API Heritage Month celebration up on Flickr!
Visit Flickr.com/OCAPICA to see some amazing photos from our 4th Annual Asian & Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month Celebration on May 9! Beautiful photos taken by Russell Photo Studios (www.rphotostudios.com).
JOIN US! Tuesday, May 22: “Golfing Fore Good” Miniature Golf Fundraiser with APEX
Mini-Golfing FORE Good! Take your best swing and join us for a night of outdoor fun and friendly competition on Tuesday, May 22nd as we raise funds for two local non-profits: the Asian Professional Exchange (APEX) & Orange County Asian & Pacific Islander Community Alliance (OCAPICA)!
This family friendly event will have food trucks and prizes awarded to top winners!
Price: $15 – mini-golf | $20 – mini-golf + go kart racing!
Tuesday, May 22, 2012 6:00PM – 8:00PM Boomers Irvine 3405 Michelson Drive Irvine, CA 92612
ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH, 2012 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION
Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have helped make America what it is today. Their histories recall bitter hardships and proud accomplishments — from the laborers who connected our coasts one-and-a-half centuries ago, to the patriots who fought overseas while their families were interned at home, from those who endured the harsh conditions of Angel Island, to the innovators and entrepreneurs who are driving our Nation’s economic growth in Silicon Valley and beyond. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month offers us an opportunity to celebrate the vast contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our Nation, reflect on the challenges still faced by AAPI communities, and recommit to making the American dream a reality for all.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders comprise many ethnicities and languages, and their myriad achievements embody the American experience. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have started businesses, including some of our Nation’s most successful and dynamic enterprises. AAPI men and women are leaders in every aspect of American life — in government and industry, science and medicine, the arts and our Armed Forces, education and sports.
Yet, while we celebrate these successes, we must remember that too often Asian American and Pacific Islanders face significant adversity. Many AAPI communities continue to fight prejudice and struggle to overcome disparities in education, employment, housing, and health care. My Administration remains committed to addressing these unique challenges. Through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, we are working to expand opportunities for AAPI communities by improving access to Federal programs where Asian American and Pacific Islanders are currently underserved. To learn more about the Initiative, visitwww.WhiteHouse.gov/AAPI.
As we also take this occasion to reflect on our past, we mark 70 years since the Executive Order that authorized the internment of Japanese-Americans during World War II. Last month, I announced my intent to posthumously award the Presidential Medal of Freedom — the country’s highest civilian honor — to Gordon Hirabayashi, who openly defied this forced relocation, and bravely took his challenge all the way to the United States Supreme Court.
This year, we also commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese cherry blossom trees planted in Washington, D.C., an enduring symbol of the friendship shared between the United States and Japan and a reminder of America’s standing as a Pacific nation. Over the centuries, we have maintained a long, rich history of engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, and our AAPI communities have been essential to strengthening the economic, political, and social bonds we share with our partners around the world.
This month, we reflect on the indelible ways AAPI communities have shaped our national life. As we celebrate centuries of trial and triumph, let us rededicate ourselves to making our Nation a place that welcomes the contributions of all people, all colors, and all creeds, and ensures the American dream is within reach for all who seek it.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 2012 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to visitwww.AsianPacificHeritage.gov to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand twelve, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-sixth.