November 22, 2017
NAPCA Receives the 2017 Community Organization Recognition Award for Positively Impacting the Health and Quality of Life of AAPI Communities
By: Dr. Wes Lum

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 10, 2017
CONTACT: Wes Lum, (206) 624-1221

The Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus for Public Health of the American Public Health Association has awarded the National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA) the 2017 Community Organization Recognition Award for being dynamic and visionary in creating and leading the nation’s public health practice locally, nationally, and globally by promoting health and quality of life in Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities.

NAPCA’s Dr. Eun Jeong Lee, right, accepts the Community Organization Recognition Award from Gabiel Garcia, outgoing President of the API Caucus for Public Health.

NAPCA has been collaborating with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on several projects including:

  1. Colorectal cancer screening study among Korean immigrants,
  2. A cultural adaptation of the Check Change Control program (an evidence-based blood pressure monitoring program from the American Heart Association) for Chinese, Koreans, and Vietnamese older adults, and
  3. Implementation of a Healthy Eating Healthy Aging program for AAPI seniors by collaborating with nineteen AAPI-serving community-based organizations covering nine states (California, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia, and Washington state) and delivering the program in seven languages (Chinese, Khmer, Korean, Japanese, Samoan, Tagalog, and Vietnamese)

Dr. Linda Ko, Behavioral Health Scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Research Center, nominated NAPCA for this award because “NAPCA is committed to advancing knowledge on how to build more effective health promotion programs for AAPI older adults. What I have observed from my collaboration with NAPCA, and Dr. Eun Jeong Lee, is a humble heart to uphold the highest standards for service, dedication, and commitment to improve the lives of AAPI seniors.”



The opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Diverse Elders Coalition.