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 current Community Health Liaison for APIOPA. As such, her goal is to revamp Pilipino and Latino corner stores in the Historic Filipinotown area so as to provide more affordable and healthier food options to that community. Born and raised in the Historic Filipinotown area, Ailene is a recent college graduate, and holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Also, prior to working at APIOPA, she was a peer counselor for both the Samahang Pilipino – Education and Retention (SPEAR) Project and the Bruin Readmission Program (BRP) at UCLA.
Kyle is the Project Specialist for APIOPA. He is currently coordinating the Roots Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program, APIOPA’s biking programs, and the Mark Keppel High School youth program. Outside of work he is an active member of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) – West 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).
Pauline Shih is the SGV CSA Coordinator for the Roots CSA program. She is interested in community health, food policy, and the intersection between environmental issues and social justice. Pauline is currently pursuing a master’s degree in social work with an emphasis on health from the University of Southern California. Before returning to her roots in San Gabriel Valley, Pauline spent a decade in Chicago. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University, and worked in marketing at Chicago Magazine as well as higher education administration at Northwestern University.
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 is available in-language, and it will be in the name of the file.
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605 W. Olympic Blvd, Suite 640
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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 – Project Specialist
Phone: (626) 872-4801
Pauline Shih – SGV CSA Coordinator
Phone: (773) 547-9900
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