To empower Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities to improve their health by proactively addressing social, cultural, environmental, and political factors that contribute to the growing rates of obesity among API residents in Los Angeles County.
The Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance (APIOPA) is a division of Special Service for Groups. SSG is a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides community-based solutions, encouraging community involvement and self-sufficiency, to the social and economic issues facing those in greatest need. SSG serves as a bridge between people with common needs across traditional ethnic, racial, and other cultural boundaries to identify ways to pool resources by developing and managing programs which serve our many communities.
Scott is the Program Director of APIOPA. He formerly organized the Health Justice Network, a coalition of Southern Californian API health organizations at the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC). Outside of work, Mr. Chan is the VP of Policy for the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council (A3PCON), and is also a consultant for Asian and Pacific Islanders California Action Network (APIsCAN). Mr. Chan currently holds a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University, Northridge, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Ailene is the Community Health Liaison for APIOPA. She is currently coordinating APIOPA’s Fresh HiFi – corner store transformation – Project. Prior to joining Team APIOPA, she was a peer counselor for both the Samahang Pilipino – Education and Retention (SPEAR) Project and the Bruin Readmission Program (BRP) at UCLA. Ailene was born, raised, and still lives in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). She enjoys volunteering, going on food adventures, and rooting for her Los Angeles home teams, especially the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kyle is the Program Coordinator for APIOPA. He is currently working on The Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, APIOPA’s youth biking programs, and air quality work with the Promoting Youth Advocates club at Mark Keppel High School in partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles. Outside of work he is the President of the newly revitalized Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – Hollywood Chapter. Kyle was born in Los Angeles and raised Temple City, CA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Asian and Asian American Studies from California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA).
Sina Uipi is a Community Health Liaison for APIOPA and is currently working on the Faith Advisory Board (F.A.B) project. Sina was a fellow of the 2014 National Pacific American Leadership Institute in Hawaii. Prior to joining APIOPA, she was a data collector/outreach assistant for a smoking sensation program designed for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders. Outside of work, Sina serves as a mentor and collaborative leader to many organizations such as Empowering Pacific Islander Communities and Pacific Islander Health Partnership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and two minors in Women Studies and Counseling from San Francisco State University.
Paul is a program specialist for APIOPA. He is currently working on The Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. Paul was born and raised in Westminster, CA. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Outside of work he enjoy running, crossfit, outdoor activities, and being a diehard LA LAKERS fan.
Lyna is a project specialist for APIOPA. She is interested in health education and advocacy to reduce health disparities within the Asian American community. Currently a junior at UCLA, she is studying Psychology and Public Health. Prior to interning at APIOPA, she was a peer counselor for the Southeast Asian Campus Learning Education and Retention (SEA CLEAR) Project at UCLA.
In 2007, the California Physical Fitness Testing Program collected disaggregated API ethnic data among 5th, 7th, and 9th graders. At seeing this, Sanaa Shabbir, a UCLA MPH candidate and Los Angeles County Department of Public Health intern, partnered with APIOPA to analyze and report her findings on API childhood obesity in Los Angeles County. In November 2008, Sanaa presented her research to representatives from public entities and community organizations all over Los Angeles County. Her research revealed overwhelming obesity incidence in Pacific Islander and South Asian communities specifically. Sanaa’s findings will be used to guide future obesity prevention projects.
Here is our growing collection of resources that pertain specifically to Asians and Pacific Islanders. We are in the process of renaming the files so they will be easily accessible. Some files are available in-language (it will be in the name of the file).
905 East 8th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90021
Phone: (213) 553-8491
Fax: (213) 553-1822
Scott Chan – Program Director
Phone: (213) 553-8491
Ailene Ignacio – Community Healthy Liason
Phone: (213) 553-9396
Kyle Tsukahira – Program Coordinator
Phone: (626) 872-4801
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