Impactful civic leadership depends in part on understanding how Arizona is changing. Many Arizonans may not know that in just the 10 years between 2000 and 2010, our state’s Asian and Pacific Islander community almost doubled in size to nearly 200,000 residents, making these communities the state’s two fastest-growing population groups.
The Asian Pacific Community in Action (APCA) is organizing and serving the vibrant Asian and Pacific Islander community directly, while raising its profile throughout the state, identifying and training future leaders, and suggesting public-policy changes.
Created in 2002 to help meet the health needs of Asian and Pacific Islander individuals and families in metro Phoenix, APCA now is extending its reach with its Health Through Action Arizona coalition of more than 20 organizations; the coalition describes itself as “focusing on the intersections of society, culture and health.” In particular, while it aims at addressing cancer through the best early treatment, the initiative is also tackling some of the situations, such as the lack of information and poor access to services, that disproportionately affect the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
In addition to improving health, the coalition looks to “promote civic engagement by all sectors, enable fair treatment of all people, and make Arizona a hub of prosperity.”
How can you learn more about what the Asian Pacific Islander Community in Action, and the Health Through Action Arizona coalition are accomplishing?
Here’s one specific opportunity: APCA will present a conference on culture, advocacy and health in December that will bring more attention to the many issues that affect the health and well-being of the Asian and Pacific Island community—among many other groups of Arizonans—and help create a common agenda.
For more about Asian Pacific Community in Action, see www.apcaaz.org or contact Health Through Action Arizona Director Zeenat Hasan at (602) 265-4598.